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16.6.2016
PE 582.411v02-00 A8-0207/2016

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Belgium - EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery)

(COM(2016)0242 – C8‑0170/2016 – 2016/2074(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Victor Negrescu

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
 ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Belgium - EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery)

(COM(2016)0242 – C8‑0170/2016 – 2016/2074(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016)0242 – C8‑0170/2016),

–  having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(1) ("EGF Regulation"),

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

–  having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), and in particular point 13 thereof,

–  having regard to the trilogue procedure provided for in point 13 of the IIA of 2 December 2013,

–  having regard to the letter of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,

–  having regard to the letter of the Committee on Regional Development,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0207/2016),

A.  whereas the Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns or of the global financial and economic crisis and to assist their reintegration into the labour market;

B.  whereas the Union’s financial assistance to workers made redundant should be dynamic and made available as quickly and efficiently as possible, in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, and having due regard to the IIA of 2 December 2013 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF);

C.  whereas Belgium submitted application EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 28 (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.) in the NUTS level 2 region of Hainaut (BE32), and whereas 488 redundant workers, as well as 300 young people from the Hainaut Region not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 25, are expected to participate in the measures; whereas the redundancies were made by Carwall SA, Caterpillar Belgium SA and Doosan SA;

D.  whereas although the application does not fulfil the eligibility criteria set down in Article 4(1) of the EGF Regulation, it was submitted under the intervention criteria of Article 4(2), which allows for a derogation in respect of the number of workers made redundant;

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the intervention criteria set out in Article 4(2) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Belgium is entitled to a financial contribution of EUR 1 824 041 under that Regulation, which represents 60 % of the total cost of EUR 3 040 069;

2.  Notes that the Commission respected the deadline of 12 weeks from receipt of the completed application from the Belgian authorities, on 11 February 2016, until finalising its assessment on the compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution on 4 May 2016, and notifying it to Parliament on the same day;

3.  Notes that following the serious disruptions in recent years in the trade in construction machinery on the European market the demand for the products produced by the three enterprises covered by this application has decreased accordingly;

4.  Notes that, following the announcement of Caterpillar Belgium SA on 23 February 2013 of a collective redundancy procedure in its Gosselies plant, the majority of its 1399 workers were the subject of EGF/2014/011 BE/Caterpillar application, and points out that the current application is a follow-up to that application, as it is part of the same redundancy procedure; underlines that Hainaut is facing a difficult labour market situation with an unemployment rate of 14,5 % (5,9 % higher than the national average), 1 236 job losses in 2013 and 1 878 in 2014 in the manufacturing sector, a drop in job offers of 13% since 2012 and a high proportion of underqualified labour, as over half of the job seekers lack upper secondary qualifications, as well as high levels of long-term unemployment, which stands at 39,0 % overall unemployment in the Hainaut region;

5.  Welcomes the fact that Belgian authorities started providing the personalised services to the targeted beneficiaries on 1 January 2015, well ahead of the application for the EGF support;

6.  Notes that Belgium is planning the following types of measures for redundant workers covered by this application: support/guidance/integration; facilitating job-search; integrated training; support for enterprise creation; support for collective projects, job search and training allowances;

7.  Welcomes the fact that the allowances and incentives, which Belgium confirmed are conditional on the active participation of the targeted beneficiaries in job-search or training activities (actions under Article 7(1)(b) of the EGF Regulation), are limited to less than 5 % of the total costs, which is far below the threshold of 35% of the total cost of the package of personalised measures allowed by the EGF Regulation;

8.  Notes that workers in the 55 - 64 age group make up 35,9 % of the targeted beneficiaries; considers that workers in this group are at a higher risk of long-term unemployment and social exclusion and have specific needs when it comes to providing them with personalised approach in accordance with Article 7 of the EGF Regulation;

9.  Calls on the Commission to provide information on the results of ongoing support for the redundant workers of Caterpillar, as the part of current application is a follow-up to the EGF/2014/011 BE/Caterpillar application;

10.  Welcomes the fact that, in addition to the 488 workers dismissed, 300 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 25 from the same region are expected to participate in the measures and receive personalised services co-financed by the EGF, which shall include: mobilisation and guidance, either to further education/training or to follow induction sessions to explore interests; specific training courses; personalised upskilling; job-search, training and mobility allowances;

11.  Welcomes the extension of the access to the EGF for NEETs; notes however that this access is limited until 31 December 2017 by the EGF Regulation; calls for the revision of the EGF Regulation, in the framework of the revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework, in order to enable the access of NEETs to continue after 2017;

12.  Welcomes the fact that the Belgian authorities are proposing special measures designed for NEETs, targeting in this way more specifically their needs;

13.  Notes the importance of launching an information campaign in order to reach the NEETs who could be eligible under these measures; recalls its position on the need to help the NEETs in a permanent and sustainable way;

14.  Welcomes the fact that the coordinated package of personalised services was established following further consultations with all stakeholders including social partners, enterprises and the public employment services, who will also follow the implementation of the proposed measures through a monitoring committee;

15.  Welcomes in particular the approach of the Belgian authorities and the cooperation with social partners for granting support to collective projects for workers who consider setting up a "social enterprise" together as a group, as a measure with a highly value added potential;

16.  Notes that the proposed actions, constitute active labour market measures within the eligible actions set out in Article 7 of the EGF Regulation and recalls that, in line with that article, the personalised services provided are expected to anticipate future labour market perspectives and required skills and be compatible with the shift towards a resource-efficient and sustainable economy and take into account the experience gained so far in supporting the dismissed workers under EGF/2014/011 BE/Caterpillar application; notes, at the same time, that these actions do not substitute passive social protection measures;

17.  Calls on Member States to prepare, together with the social partners, strategies to anticipate the projected labour market changes and to protect Union jobs and skills, especially when negotiating trade agreements in order to ensure fair competition rules and common measures against economic, social and environmental dumping; recalls its call for a proper revision of the Union's trade defence instruments;

18.  Highlights the need of improving employability of all workers by adapted training and expects that the training offered in the coordinated package will meet both needs of the workers and the business environment in the region and in the neighbouring regions;

19.  Calls on the Commission to revise the rules on state aid in order to enable state intervention to enhance socially and environmentally beneficial projects, and to help SMEs and industries in difficulties by contributing to reconstructing their production capacities, which have been heavily hit by the global financial and economic crisis;

20.  Reiterates the call on the Commission to provide more details in future proposals on the sectors having prospects to grow, and therefore to hire people, as well as to gather substantiated data on the impact of the EGF funding, including on the quality of jobs and the reintegration rate achieved through EGF;

21.  Notes that the Belgian authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments; reiterates its call on the Commission to present a comparative evaluation of those data in its annual reports in order to ensure full respect for existing regulations and that no duplication of Union-funded services can occur;

22.  Notes that, to date, the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. sector has been the subject of 14 EGF applications, 8 of which have been based on trade related globalisation and 6 on the global financial and economic crisis;

23.  Reiterates that assistance from the EGF must not replace actions which are the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements nor measures for restructuring companies or sectors;

24.  Appreciates the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants; notes the time pressure that the new timetable implies and the potential impact on the effectiveness of case instruction;

25.  Reiterates its call on the Commission to assure public access to all the documents related to EGF cases.

26.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

27.  Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

28.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855.

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Belgium - EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(1), and in particular Article 15(4) thereof,

Having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(2), and in particular point 13 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)  The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aims to provide support for workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, as a result of a continuation of the global financial and economic crisis, or as a result of a new global financial and economic crisis, and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

(2)  The EGF is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(3).

(3)  On 17 December 2015, Belgium submitted application EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 28 (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c) in the NUTS level 2 region of Hainaut (BE32) in Belgium. It was supplemented by additional information provided in accordance with Article 8(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013. That application complies with the requirements for determining a financial contribution from the EGF laid down in Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013.

(4)  In accordance with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013, Belgium has decided to provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF also to 300 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

(5)  In accordance with Article 4(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013, the application from Belgium is considered admissible since the redundancies have a serious impact on employment and the local, regional and national economy.

(6)  The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution of EUR 1 824 041 in respect of the application submitted by Belgium.

(7)  In order to minimise the time taken to mobilise the EGF, this decision should apply from the date of its adoption,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 1 824 041 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply from ... [the date of its adoption](4)*.

Done at

For the European Parliament  For the Council

The President  The President

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855.

(2)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(3)

Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884).

(4)

*   Date to be inserted by the Parliament before the publication in OJ.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

I.  Background

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been created in order to provide additional assistance to workers suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns.

According to the provisions of Article 12 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(1) and of Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013(2), the Fund may not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices). The appropriate amounts are entered into the general budget of the Union as a provision.

As concerns the procedure, according to point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), in order to activate the Fund the Commission, in case of a positive assessment of an application, presents to the budgetary authority a proposal for mobilisation of the Fund and, at the same time, a corresponding request for transfer. In the event of disagreement, a trilogue shall be initiated.

II.  Hainaut Machinery application and the Commission's proposal

On 4 May 2016, the Commission adopted a proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of Belgium to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant in 3 enterprises operating under the NACE Revision 2 Division 28 (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.) in the NUTS level 2 region of Hainaut (BE32) in Belgium.

This is the sixth application to be examined under the 2016 budget and the 14th for the manufacture of of machinery and equipment n.e.c. sector and refers to the mobilisation of a total amount of EUR 1 824 041 from the EGF for Belgium. It concerns 488 workers made redundant and up to 300 targeted young persons not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

The application was sent to the Commission on 17 December 2015 and supplemented by additional information up to 31 December 2015. The Commission has concluded, in accordance with all applicable provisions of the EGF Regulation, that the application meets the conditions for a financial contribution from the EGF.

The Belgian authorities state that the events giving rise to the redundancies are the declining public and private investments in infrastructure in the EU and the significant increase in steel prices in Europe, causing serious disruptions in trade and loss of competitiveness of European construction machinery plants. The application is a follow-up to the EGF/2014/011 BE/Caterpillar application concerning redundancies in Gosselies plant.

The personalised services which are to be provided to workers made redundant consist of six types of measures: (i) support/guidance/integration, (ii) facilitating job-search, (iii) integrated training, (iv) support for enterprise creation, (v) support for collective projects, and (vi) job-search and training allowances. The personalised services provided to NEETs shall include: (i) mobilisation and guidance either for further education/training or to follow induction sessions, (ii) training, (iii) personalised upskilling, and (iv) job-search, training and mobility allowances;

According to the Commission, the described measures constitute active labour market measures within the eligible actions set out in Article 7 of the EGF Regulation. These actions do not substitute passive social protection measures.

The Belgian authorities have provided all necessary assurances regarding the following:

–  the principles of equality of treatment and non-discrimination will be respected in the access to the proposed actions and their implementation,

–  the requirements laid down in national and EU legislation concerning collective redundancies have been complied with,

–  the dismissing enterprises, which have continued their activities after the lay-offs, have complied with their legal obligations governing the redundancies and provided for their workers accordingly,

–  the proposed actions will not receive financial support from other Union funds or financial instruments and any double financing will be prevented,

–  the proposed actions will be complementary with actions funded by the Structural Funds,

–  the financial contribution from the EGF will comply with the procedural and material Union rules on State aid.

Belgium has notified the Commission that the sources of national pre-financing or co-funding are the Walloon Public Employment Service (FOREM) and the Region of Wallonia. The financial contribution will be managed and controlled by the same bodies which are responsible for the European Social Fund (ESF).

III.  Procedure

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budgetary Authority a transfer request for a global amount of EUR 1 824 041 EGF reserve (40 02 43) to the EGF budget line (04 04 01).

This is the sixth transfer proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund transmitted to the Budgetary Authority to date during 2016.

The trilogue procedure shall be initiated in the event of disagreement, as provided for in Article 15(4) of the EGF Regulation.

According to an internal agreement, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the assessment of the applications from the Fund.

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

CO/jb

M. Jean Arthuis

Chair of the Committee on Budgets

ASP 09G205

Subject: Opinion on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for the case EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery from Belgium COM(2016) 242 final

Dear Chair,

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) as well as its Working Group on the EGF examined the mobilisation of the EGF for the case EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery and adopted the following opinion.

The EMPL committee and the Working Group on the EGF are in favour of the mobilisation of the Fund concerning this request. In this respect, the EMPL committee presents some remarks without, however, putting into question the transfer of the payments.

The deliberations of the EMPL committee are based on the following considerations:

A)  Whereas although the application does not fulfil the eligibility criteria set in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 (EGF Regulation), it was submitted under the intervention criteria of Article 4(2) of the Regulation, which allows for derogation as per the number of workers made redundant, while being therefore assimilated to an application under Article 4(1)(b) of the EGF Regulation due to exceptional circumstances having a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy;

B)  Whereas the application relates to 488 workers made redundant in 3 enterprises (Carwall SA; Caterpillar Belgium SA; Doosan SA) in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 28 (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.) in the NUTS level 2 region of Hainaut (BE32) in Belgium, within the reference period from 25 December 2014 to 25 September 2015;

C)  Whereas in order to establish the link between the redundancies and major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, Belgium argues that Union trade in construction machinery has undergone serious disruptions in recent years, having a negative impact on the profitability in Europe of the three enterprises specialised in production of machines used in construction sector; whereas the sector concerned by the proposal and the three enterprises mainly produce for European market and whereas due to declining public and private investments in infrastructure, the demand for the products produced by the three enterprises has decreased accordingly; whereas declining economies of scale and increasing unit costs have led to a loss of competitiveness for the European plants in the sector, leading to the delocalisation to third countries, in particular Asian, of substantial production capacity;

D)  Whereas the workers made redundant are: the remaining 169 workers at the site of Caterpillar Belgium SA in Gosselies; 13 workers from Carwall SA, a principal supplier of cabs for Caterpillar Belgium, who witnessed a falling in demands for its products, mainly due to decrease of orders from Caterpillar; 306 workers from Doosan SA, producer of excavators, who, as a consequence of falling demand for its products in Europe, closed a production plant located in Frameries and supply the European market from its production sites in South Korea;

E)  Whereas 94,3% of the workers targeted by the measure are men and 5,7% are women; whereas 51,4% of workers are between 30 and 54 years old and 35,9% are between 55 and 64 years old.

Therefore, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to integrate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution concerning the Belgian application:

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the intervention criteria set out in Article 4(2) of the Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 are met and that, therefore, Belgium is entitled to a financial contribution of EUR 1 824 041 under this Regulation, which represents 60% of the total cost of EUR 3 040 069;

2.  Notes that the Commission respected the deadline of 12 weeks from the reception of the completed application from the Belgian authorities, on 11 February 2016, until finalising its assessment on the compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution, on 4 May 2016 and notified it to Parliament on the same day.

3.  Notes that following the serious disruptions in recent years in the trade in construction machinery on the European market the demand for the products produced by the three enterprises has decreased accordingly;

4.  Notes that following the announcement of Caterpillar Belgium SA on 23 February 2013 of a collective redundancy procedure in its Gosselies plant, the majority of its 1399 workers were subject of EGF/2014/011 BE/Caterpillar application and points out that the current application is a follow-up to that application, as it is part of the same redundancy procedure; underlines that Hainaut is facing a difficult labour market situation with an unemployment rate of 14,5% (5,9% higher than the national average), 1236 job losses in 2013 and 1878 in 2014 in the manufacturing sector, drop in job offers of 13% since 2012 and high proportion of underqualified labour, as over half of the job seekers lack upper secondary qualifications, as well as high levels of long-term unemployment, which stands at 39,0% of overall unemployment in Hainaut Region;

5.  Notes that Belgium is planning the following types of measures for redundant workers covered by this application: support/guidance/integration; facilitating job-search; integrated training; support for enterprise creation; support for collective projects, job search and training allowances;

6.  Welcomes especially the approach of Belgian authorities and the cooperation with social partners for granting support for collective projects for workers who consider setting up a "social enterprise" together as a group, as a measure with a highly value added potential;

7.  Welcomes that additionally to the 488 workers dismissed, 300 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 25 from the same region are expected to participate in the measures and receive personalised services co-financed by EGF, which shall include: mobilisation and guidance, either to further education/training or to follow induction sessions to explore interests; specific training courses; personalised upskilling; job-search, training and mobility allowances;

8.  Welcomes the fact that the Belgian authorities are proposing special measures destined for NEETs, targeting in this way more specifically their needs;

9.  Notes that the proposed actions, above described, constitute active labour market measures within the eligible actions set out in Article 7 of the EGF Regulation and recalls that, in line with this article, the personalised services provided are expected to anticipate future labour market perspectives and required skills and be compatible with the shift towards a resource-efficient and sustainable economy; notes, at the same time, that these actions do not substitute passive social protection measures;

10.  Welcomes that the allowances and incentives, confirmed by Belgium that they are conditional on the active participation of the targeted beneficiaries in job-search or training activities, (Actions under Article 7(1)(b) of the EGF Regulation) are limited to less than 5 % of the total costs, which is far below the threshold of 35% of the overall package of personalised measures allowed by the Regulation;

11.  Welcomes that Belgian authorities started providing the personalised services to the targeted beneficiaries on 1 January 2015, well ahead of the application for the EGF support;

12.  Notes that, to date, the Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. sector has been the subject of 14 EGF applications, 8 of which based on trade related globalisation and 6 on the global financial and economic crisis;

13.  Notes the importance of launching an information campaign in order to reach the NEETs who could be eligible under these measures; recalls its position on the need to help the NEETs in a permanent and sustainable way;

14.  Highlights the need of improving employability of all workers by adapted training and expects that the training offered in the coordinated package will meet both needs of the workers and the business environment;

15.  Reiterates the call on the Commission to provide more details in future proposals on the sectors having prospects to grow, and therefore to hire people, as well as to gather substantiated data on the impact of the EGF funding, including on the quality of jobs and the reintegration rate achieved through EGF;

16.  Welcomes the fact that the coordinated package of personalised services was established further consultations with all stakeholders including social partners, enterprises and the public employment services, who will also follow the implementation of the proposed measures through a Monitoring Committee;

17.  Reiterates its call to the Commission to assure public access to all the documents related to EGF cases.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas HÄNDEL

EMPL Chair


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mr Jean ARTHUIS

Chairman

Committee on Budgets

European Parliament

Subject:  Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

Dear Mr. Arthuis,

A Commission proposal for a decision to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) has been referred for opinion to the Committee on Regional Development. I understand that it is intended that a report on this will be adopted in the Committee on Budgets on 15 June 2016:

-  COM(2016)0242 proposes an EGF contribution of EUR 1 824 041 for 488 workers made redundant in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 28 (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c). The redundancies made by the enterprises are located in the NUTS level 2 region of Hainaut (BE32), in Belgium.

The rules applicable to financial contributions from the EGF are laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006.

The Committee coordinators have assessed this proposal, and asked me to write to you reporting that the majority of this Committee has no objection to this mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to allocate the above-mentioned amount as proposed by the Commission.

Yours sincerely,

Iskra MIHAYLOVA


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

15.6.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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24

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Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Victor Negrescu, Liadh Ní Riada, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere

Substitutes present for the final vote

Marco Valli, Tomáš Zdechovský

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