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Debates
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) (A8-0445/2018 - Maria Arena)
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  Deirdre Clune (PPE). – Mr President, I welcome the report on the Globalisation Adjustment Fund to provide support to those who have lost their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world patterns due to globalisation, or as a result of economic or financial crises. I particularly welcome some of the provisions proposed to reduce the level of redundant workers from the original figure of 500 down to 200, and it is very important for smaller countries such as Ireland – and indeed for SMEs – to reduce that threshold, because it has been difficult to qualify under previous provisions.

The Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been enormously successful in Ireland. There have been at least 10 projects that have qualified including Dell in Limerick, TalkTalk in Waterford, and Andersen in Limerick, as well as Lufthansa. So I welcome the provision, and it is important to say that this complements national measures that are there to support workers and reintegrate them into the workforce.

 
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