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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000290-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  European Fund for Transition
 Answer in writing 

The Parliament has approved reforms to the newly renamed European Fund for Transition(1) to allow businesses to receive financial support in cases of 200 redundancies or more over a six to nine-month period. Under the former Regulation(2), the Commission can propose the amount of the financial contribution towards personalised services for the reintegration of workers into the labour market, while the cost of investments for self-employment and business start-ups may not exceed EUR 15 000.

Can the Commission say:

What amount of aid was allocated to Greece for the periods 2006-2014, and 2014 (date of entry into force of the last regulation)-2018?
How is it possible for small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 200 employees to access the European Fund for Transition, particularly in countries such as Greece where the majority of businesses employ fewer than ten employees(3) and have been affected by austerity measures?
Given the Commission’s proposal for an overall reduction in cohesion policies under the new Financial Framework 2021-2027, and given that the current Regulation covers applications up to 31/12/2020, what measures does it intend to take to secure support for Member States that need it?

(1)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181127IPR20301/employment-meps-vote-for-reactive-and-accessible-european-fund-for-transition — Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of 17/12/2013

Original language of question: EL 
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