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The European Commission has proposed to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 280 workers made redundant in the food and beverage service sector in Aragón (Spain) to find new jobs. The funds requested by the Spanish authorities, amounting to €960,000, would help former workers from small and medium-sized businesses.
The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for approval.
Spain applied for support from the EGF following the dismissal of 904 workers in 661 small and medium sized businesses operating in the food and beverage service sector in the region of Aragón. The dismissals were the result of reduced spending on away-from-home food (bars, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and ready meals) in the wake of the economic and financial crisis. The decline in activity and the closure of many businesses resulted in a large number of redundancies.
The measures co-financed by the EGF would help the 280 workers facing the greatest difficulties in finding new jobs by providing them with intensive job-search assistance, counselling and guidance; general training and re-training; individual vocational training; and a variety of allowances and incentives.
The total estimated cost of the package is €1.6 million, of which the EGF would provide €960,000.