EU job-search aid for retail workers laid off in Finland and Greece 

Financial aid worth €5.4 million to help a total of 2,225 redundant Finnish and Greek workers find new jobs is up for a vote on Thursday.

 Greece

 

725 former employees laid off in Greece by nine companies are eligible to receive EU support. The aid worth €2,949,150 comes from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) and will help finance measures such as occupational guidance, training and help with business start-ups. The workers concerned had all been employed in supermarkets or retail shops, selling household appliances or food. Due to the economic crisis, the retailers suffered from the lower purchasing power of Greek households between 2008 and 2015.


More information in the press release following the committee vote.

 

Finland


Due to increased online sales and the growing popularity of non-EU web-shops, Anttila and Stockmann, two Finnish department store chains, as well as the subsidiary Vallila Collection, were blighted by decreasing sales since 2014. A total of 1,660 employees had to be laid off, with Anttila and Vallila Collection having to shut down completely. 1,500 former staff will be supported in their search for a new job with €2,499,360, if the aid is approved.


More information in the press release following the committee vote.


Procedure: budgetary

(Finland): 2017/2231(BUD)

(Greece): 2017/2229(BUD)

Vote:  Thursday, 30 November


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