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PE 626.936v02-00 A8-0294/2018

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from the Netherlands – EGF/2018/001 NL/Financial service activities)

(COM(2018)0548 – C8‑0392/2018 – 2018/2220(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Ivana Maletić

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
 INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from the Netherlands – EGF/2018/001 NL/Financial service activities)

(COM(2018)0548 – C8‑0392/2018 – 2018/2220(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2018)0548 – C8‑0392/2018),

–  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) (IIA of 2 December 2013), 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 (A8-0294/2018),

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;

C.  whereas the Netherlands submitted application EGF/2018/001 NL/Financial service activities for a financial contribution from the EGF, following 1 324 redundancies in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 64 (Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding) in the NUTS level 2 regions of NL 12 - Friesland, NL 13 - Drenthe and NL 21 - Overijssel in the Netherlands, the first application in this economic sector since the establishment of the EGF;

D.  whereas the application is based on the intervention criteria of point (b) of Article 4(1) of the EGF Regulation, which requires at least 500 workers being made redundant over a reference period of nine months in enterprises operating in the same economic sector defined at NACE Revision 2 Division and located in one region or two contiguous regions defined at NUTS 2 level in a Member State;

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1) of the EGF Regulation are met and that the Netherlands is entitled to a financial contribution of EUR 1 192 500 under that Regulation, which represents 60 % of the total cost of EUR 1 987 500;

2.  Notes that the Dutch authorities submitted the application on 23 February 2018, and that, following the provision of additional information by the Netherlands, the Commission finalised its assessment on 20 July 2018 and notified it to Parliament on 20 August 2018;

3.  Notes that the Netherlands argues that the redundancies are linked to the global financial and economic crisis and its impact on the services and functioning of the Dutch banks; acknowledges that the low interest rate environment introduced as a response to the financial crisis, the stricter regulatory conditions, the substantial decline in the mortgage market and in the credit provision for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) caused falling profitability and created an urgent need for reduction of costs; regrets that as a result the banks reduced their staff, mainly by closing regional branch offices and transforming towards online banking;

4.  Acknowledges that, although there has been some recovery in recent years, lending in the mortgage market remains lower than before the financial crisis;

5.  Regrets that the financial sectors in other Member States face similar pressures; acknowledges that, in some cases, the redundancies may be spread over too long a period to meet the EGF criteria; invites, nevertheless, the governments of Member States to consider whether the EGF might play a useful role in enabling employees to adjust to these changes;

6.  Recalls that the redundancies that occurred in 20 enterprises operating in the Dutch banking sector are expected to have a significant adverse effect on the local economy, that unemployment in the three provinces covered by the application (Friesland, Drenthe and Overijssel) is higher than the national average, and that the impact of the layoffs is linked to the difficulties of redeployment due to the scarcity of jobs, to the low educational background of the dismissed workers, and to the high number of job seekers;

7.  Notes that the application relates to 1 324 workers made redundant; questions, however, why only 450 of them will be targeted by the proposed measures; points to the fact that the majority of the redundant workers are women (59 %) who are part of the administrative personnel or receptionists; further notes that 27 % of the redundant workers are over 55 years old; acknowledges, in view of this, the importance of active labour market measures co-funded by the EGF for improving the chances of reintegration in the labour market of these vulnerable groups;

8.  Welcomes the decision of the Netherlands to target assistance on vulnerable groups and to help people changing profession, sector or region, including training for the retail sector and for new occupational profiles, such as transport, IT services and technical professions, which offer greater job opportunities;

9.  Notes that the Netherlands is planning seven types of actions for the redundant workers covered by this application: (i) intake, (ii) job search assistance, (iii) mobility pool, (iv) entrepreneurship promotion training and coaching, (v) training and re-training, (vi) outplacement assistance, (vii) entrepreneurship promotion grant;

10.  Notes that the mobility pool accounts for almost 30% of the total package of personalised services; understands that this involves coaching for people who would otherwise have difficulty in finding employment;

11.  Acknowledges that the coordinated package of personalised services has been drawn up in consultation with stakeholders and social partners such as the Dutch Banking Association (NVB), the Dutch Federation for Trade Unions (FNV) and the National Christian Trade Union Federation (CNV);

12.  Stresses that the Dutch authorities have confirmed that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union funds or financial instruments;

13.  Reiterates that assistance from the EGF must not replace actions which are the responsibility of companies, by virtue of national law or collective agreements, or measures for restructuring companies or sectors;

14.  Calls on the Commission to urge national authorities to provide more details, in future proposals, on the sectors which have growth prospects and are therefore likely 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 the EGF;

15.  Recalls that in line with Article 7 of the EGF Regulation, the design of the coordinated package of personalised services should anticipate future labour market perspectives and required skills and should be compatible with the shift towards a resource-efficient and sustainable economy;

16.  Recalls its appeal to the Commission to ensure public access to all the documents related to EGF cases;

17.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

18.  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;

19.  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 following anapplication from the Netherlands – EGF/2018/001 NL/Financial service activities

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 23 February 2018, the Netherlands submitted an application to mobilise the EGF, in respect of redundancies in 20 enterprises operating the Financial services sector in the following regions: Friesland, Drenthe and Overijssel in the Netherlands. 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 as laid down in Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013.

(4)  The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution of EUR 1 192 500 in respect of the application submitted by the Netherlands.

(5)  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 Union for the financial year 2018, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be mobilised to provide the amount of EUR 1 192 500 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 Brussels, ...

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.  The Netherlands’ application and the Commission's proposal

On 20 July 2018, the Commission adopted a proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of the Netherlands to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant by twenty enterprises operating in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 64 (Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding). The redundancies are located in the NUTS level 2 regions of NL12 - Friesland, NL13 - Drenthe and NL21 - Overijssel in the Netherlands. The proposal was transmitted to the European Parliament on 20 August 2018.

This is the seventh application to be examined under the 2018 budget and the first in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 64 (Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding) since the establishment of the EGF. It concerns 1 324 workers made redundant and refers to the mobilisation of a total amount of EUR 1 192 500 from the EGF for the Netherlands.

The application was sent to the Commission on 23 February 2018 and supplemented by additional information by 4 May 2018. The Commission finalised its assessment on 20 July 2018 and 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, as referred to in Article 4(1) of the EGF Regulation.

The Netherlands argues that the redundancies are linked to the global financial and economic crisis and its impact on the services and functioning of the Dutch banks, notably to the low interest rate environment, introduced as a response to the financial crisis, the stricter regulatory conditions, the substantial decline of the mortgage market and in the credit provision for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that caused falling profitability and created an urgent need for reduction of costs. As a result banks reduced their staff, mainly by closing regional branch offices (50% of the branch offices disappeared in 2004-2014) and transforming towards online banking.

Unemployment in all the three regions where the redundancies occurred is higher than the 5,4 % national average (in Friesland it is 10,8 %, in Drenthe 7% and in Overijssel 6,3 %). These regions are not so industrialised and diversified as other regions in the Netherlands, most of the companies are SMEs and redeployment within the same sector is difficult.

The majority of the workers made redundant are women (59 %) with low or average education levels, such as administrative personnel and receptionists. 27 % of the redundant workers are over 55 years old. Active labour market measures co-funded by the EGF are all the more important for improving the chances of reintegration in the labour market of these vulnerable groups.

The seven types of actions to be provided to redundant workers and for which EGF co-funding is requested consist of:

–  Intake: this measure will map the participants according to their capabilites, potentials and job perspectives. Every intake will conclude with an advice.

–  Job search assistance: this measure will start with an offer for a customised programme. Among others it will include preparation of transfer documents, intensive job application training, organising job markets and intensive contacting of employers.

–  Mobility pool: this measure consists of a flexible pool for the job seekers and employers with temporary jobs. Regional mobility pools, specialised for former banking sector workers will be founded. This measure will provide work experience for the (re-trained) workers and help them to present themselves to new employers.

–  Entrepreneurship promotion training and coaching: this measure will provide training and coaching to the participants that start their own business, by developing their skills, drafting a sustainable business plan and by guiding them through the legislative procedures.

–  Training and re-training: this measure will provide training, re-training and other educational facilities, for the retail sector and for new occupational profiles, such as transport, IT services, technical professions and others.

–  Outplacement assistance: this measure will offer job orientation, job counseling and competence training.

–  Entrepreneurship promotion grant: this measure will give a grant for covering investment costs, if the participant will obtain the necessary skills and will have a sustainable business plan.

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 and do not substitute passive social protection measures.

The Dutch 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 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.

The Netherlands has notified the Commission that the source of national pre-financing or co-funding are the funds of the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), the provinces, educational funds and of social partners. The financial contribution will be managed by the Implementation of Policy part of the Service, Collaboration and Implementation department (SZV; Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). The financial control will be done by the General Director of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy as certifying authority.

III.  Procedure

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budgetary Authority a request to transfer a global amount of EUR 1 192 500 from the EGF reserve (40 02 43) to the EGF budget line (04 04 01).

This is the seventh transfer proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund transmitted to the Budgetary Authority to date during 2018.

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 contribute 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

D(2018)33662

Mr 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/2018/001 NL

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/2018/001 NL 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 this application is based on Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 (EGF Regulation) and relates to 1 324 workers made redundant in 20 entreprises operating in in the economic sectors classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 64 (Financial servive activities, except insurance and pension funding);

B)  Whereas, in order to establish the link between the redundancies and the global financial and economic crisis, the Netherlands argues that low interest rates, stricter regulatory conditions, a substantial decline of the mortgage market and in the credit provision for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) had a serious impact on the services and functioning of the Dutch banks caused falling profitability and an urgent need to reduce costs;

C)  Whereas 59,3% of the workers targeted by the measure are women and 40,7% are men; whereas 53,6% of the targeted beneficiaries are aged between 30 and 54 years, while 26,9% are over 55 and 19,5% are below 30 years old;

D)  Whereas this is the first EGF application for the sector financial servive activities, except insurance and pension funding

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 Dutch application:

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the intervention criteria set out in Article 4(1)(b) of the Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 are met and that, therefore, the Netherlands is entitled to a financial contribution of EUR 1 192 500 under this Regulation which represents 60% of the total cost of EUR 1 987 500;

2.  Notes that unemployment in the three provinces covered by the application (Friesland, Drenthe and Overijssel) is higher than the national average and that the prospects of finding another job in the financial sector are poor as further falls in employment are forecast;

3.  Acknowledges that, although there has been some recovery in recent years, lending in the mortgage market remains lower than before the financial crisis.

4.  Recognises, with regret, that the financial sectors in other Member States face similar pressures; acknowledges that, in some cases, the redundancies may be spread over too long a time-period to fulfil the EGF criteria; nevertheless invites Member State governments to consider whether the EGF might play a useful role in enabling employees to adjust to these changes;

5.  Welcomes the Netherlands’ decision to target assistance on vulnerable groups and to help people changing profession, sector or region, including training for the retail sector and for new occupational profiles, such as transport, IT services and technical professions, which offer greater job opportunities;

6.  Notes that the EGF co-funded personalised services for the redundant workers also include intake, job search assistance, mobility pool, entrepreneurship promotion training and coaching, outplacement assistance, and entrepreneurship promotion grants;

7.  Notes that the mobility pool accounts for almost 30% of the total package of personalised services; understands that this involves coaching for people who would otherwise have difficulty in finding employment;

8.  Welcomes the close consultation with stakeholders and social partners such as the Dutch Banking Association (NVB), the Dutch Federation for Trade Unions (FNV) and the National Christian Trade Union Federation (CNV), when drawing up the co-ordinated package of personalised services as well as the social partners’ participation in the steering committee that will coordinate all the labour market measures;

9.  Notes that the Dutch authorities have provided assurances that the proposed actions will not receive financial support from other Union funds or financial instruments, that any double financing will be prevented and that they will be complementary with actions funded by the Structural Funds;

10.  Welcomes the Netherlands’ confirmation that a financial contribution from the EGF will not replace actions the enterprise concerned is required to take by virtue of national law or pursuant to collective agreements;

11.  Recalls that in line with Article 7 of the Regulation, the design of the coordinated package of personalised services should anticipate future labour market perspectives and required skills and should be compatible with the shift towards a resource-efficient and sustainable economy.

Yours sincerely,

Marita ULVSKOG


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 between 24 and 27 September 2018:

-  COM(2018)0548 proposes an EGF contribution of EUR 1 192 500 for 450 workers made redundant in the economic sector classified under the NACE Revision 2 Division 64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding. The redundancies made by the enterprises concerned are mainly located in the NUTS level 2 regions of NL12 - Friesland, NL13 - Drenthe and NL21 - Overijssel.

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


INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

25.9.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

3

0

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Gérard Deprez, André Elissen, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Monika Hohlmeier, John Howarth, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Jordi Solé, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Monika Vana, Marco Zanni, Manuel dos Santos, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Karine Gloanec Maurin, Giovanni La Via, Ivana Maletić, Andrey Novakov

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

José Blanco López, Jonathan Bullock, Sofia Ribeiro, Ruža Tomašić


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

26

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Gérard Deprez

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Ruža Tomašić

ENF

André Elissen, Marco Zanni

PPE

Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Monika Hohlmeier, Giovanni La Via, Ivana Maletić, Andrey Novakov, Sofia Ribeiro, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa

S&D

José Blanco López, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Karine Gloanec Maurin, John Howarth, Manuel dos Santos, Isabelle Thomas

VERTS/ALE

Jordi Solé, Indrek Tarand, Monika Vana

3

-

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

ENF

Stanisław Żółtek

NI

Eleftherios Synadinos

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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