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Today, the European Commission proposed to provide Portugal with almost €4.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help former workers in the clothing sector and several hundred young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) find new jobs.
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen commented: "Workers in the Portuguese wearing apparel industry have been hit hard by increasing global competition. The €4.7 million from Europe's Globalisation Adjustment Fund will help 730 workers who lost their jobs and the same amount of young people not in employment, education or training to adapt their skills and smooth their transition to new opportunities”.
Portugal applied for support from the EGF following the dismissal of 1,161 workers in two wearing apparel enterprises in the Portuguese regions of Norte, Centro and Lisboa.
The measures co-financed by the EGF would provide the 730 workers facing the greatest difficulties, along with up to 730 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 30, with various possibilities to improve their skills, including vocational training, and help for those who want to start a business. The latter includes business start-up grants and logistical support like rooms for workshops, conferences, or offices, and also common services such as a reception and a cafeteria. These measures will be complemented with some allowances, such as contribution to commuting expenses and training allowances.
The total estimated cost of the package is about €7.7 million, of which the Globalisation Adjustment Fund would provide €4.66 million. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the European Union's Council of Ministers for approval.