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The European Commission has proposed to provide Germany with €5.3m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 2,103 former workers of printing machinery manufacturer Manrola,d and Manroland AG and of three of its subsidiaries and suppliers.
The money would help to finance a package of measures to help these workers to find new jobs. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
Germany applied for support from the EGF for 2,284 workers made redundant by Manroland AG and three of its subsidiaries and suppliers. Of the total, 2,103 would be eligible to participate in the measures. The package aims to help the workers by offering them training courses leading to qualifications, in-depth advice on starting up their own businesses, job search services, as well as coaching and advisory services during unemployment and in a new job. The package will also include a job-search allowance ('Transferkurzarbeitergeld') and an activation premium to help redundant workers to decide to accept a lower paid job.
The territories concerned by the redundancies are three rather different regions of Germany: Augsburg (Bavaria), Offenbach (Hessen) and Plauen (Saxony). Plauen, located in the eastern part of Germany, has a smaller population but a higher dependency on social welfare payments.
The total estimated cost of the package is approximately €10.7 million, of which the EGF would provide almost half, i.e. €5.3 million.