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Job search aid for Germany, Italy, Belgium, disaster relief for Bulgaria, Greece

Plenary Session Press release - Budget06-10-2015 - 13:51
 

Germany, Italy and Belgium will get €14.6 million in EU aid to help redundant car and airline workers to find new jobs, and Bulgaria and Greece a total of €16.3 million to repair flood damage, after Parliament approved their applications on Tuesday.


Job search aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)


Country

Company

Number of beneficiaries

Amount of aid (€)

Sector

EP rapporteur

Germany

Adam Opel AG

2,692

6,958,623

Car manufacturing

Jens Geier (S&D, DE)

Belgium

Ford Genk, 11 suppliers

4,500

6,268,564

Car manufacturing

Paul Rübig (EPP, AT)

Italy

Gruppo Alitalia

184

1,414,848

Air transport

Monika Vana (Greens/ALE, AT)


Opel Bochum

 

Opel, a maker of mid-priced, small and medium-sized cars, closed its plant in Bochum, Germany, to reduce excess production capacity after sales fell by 39% between 2007 and 2013. The shutdown made almost 2,900 people redundant, 2,692 of whom would benefit from the €7 million in EGF aid requested by Germany.


Parliament approved the application by 551 votes to 78, with 63 abstentions.


Ford Genk


Belgium applied for EGF aid for the final wave of workers made redundant by car maker Ford Genk and its 11 suppliers when it closed its-manufacturing plant in Genk. The shutdown was due to a decline in  passenger car production and sales of new cars in the EU, largely to the benefit of Asian carmakers. The application for €6.3 million in EGF aid aims to help 4,500 former workers get back to work.


Belgium has already received €570,000, to help former Ford workers find work, following an initial wave of redundancies in 2013.


The applications from Germany and Belgium are the 21st and 22nd in the automotive sector since the launch of EGF aid in 2007.


Parliament approved the application by 608 votes to 77, with 9 abstentions.

 

Alitalia


The Italian flag carrier dismissed over 1,200 workers, largely due to a decline in its market share of international air-passenger transport, most of which was taken up by carriers from the Gulf States and Turkey. Falling passenger numbers during the economic crisis and rising fuel prices aggravated Alitalia’s position. Most of the redundancies were in the Lazio region. Italy asked for EGF aid to help the 184 workers experiencing the greatest difficulties to find new jobs.


Worth €1.4 million, this is the second EGF aid application in the air transport sector (after that of Air France in 2013).


Parliament approved the application by 605 votes to 77, with 12 abstentions.


Disaster relief aid from the European Solidarity Fund (EUSF)


Country

Natural disaster

Date of disaster

Amount of aid (€)

Rapporteur

Bulgaria

Heavy rainfall, snow, floods, landslides

Jan-Feb 2015

6,377,815

Andrey Novakov (EPP, BG)

Greece

Floods in two areas

Feb 2015

9,896,950

Andrey Novakov (EPP, BG)


The European Solidarity Fund will refund part of the costs that Bulgaria and Greece incurred to repair damage done by the severe winter weather that hit southeast Bulgaria and central, eastern and western Greece in January and February 2015.


In Greece, floods destroyed public buildings, private homes, businesses, agriculture and cultural heritage sites in the central and Evros regions, while in south-eastern Bulgaria, heavy rain and subsequent floods and landslides damaged dykes, communication networks and roads as well as public and private buildings.


Bulgaria will receive EU aid worth €6.3 million, and the two Greek regions a total of €9.9 million.


Parliament approved the application by 660 votes to 34, without abstentions.


Procedure: budgetary

#EUbudget

REF. : 20151002IPR95340
 
 
Contacts
 
 
   
Facts
 

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) contributes to packages of tailor-made services to help redundant workers find new jobs. Its annual ceiling is €150 million.

 
 

The European Solidarity Fund (ESF) was set up in November 2002 to help EU countries in the aftermath of natural disasters. For 2015, the Fund can spend €895 million.

 
 
Who's involved
 
Monika Vana
Greens/EFA
Rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Andrey Novakov
EPP
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Daniele Viotti
S&D
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Bernd Kölmel
ECR
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Anneli Jäätteenmäki
ALDE
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Liadh Ní Riada
GUE/NGL
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Marco Zanni
EFDD
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
 
 
Victor Negrescu
S&D
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Bernd Kölmel
ECR
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Gérard Deprez
ALDE
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Liadh Ní Riada
GUE/NGL
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Monika Vana
Greens/EFA
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Marco Zanni
EFDD
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Jens Geier
S&D
Rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Patricija Šulin
EPP
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Bernd Kölmel
ECR
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Jean Arthuis
ALDE
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Liadh Ní Riada
GUE/NGL
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Monika Vana
Greens/EFA
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
Marco Zanni
EFDD
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets
 
 
 
 
Jean-Paul Denanot
S&D
Shadow rapporteur
BUDG Budgets