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16 July 2012
PE 492.599v02-00 A7-0233/2012

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2011/017 ES/Aragón Construction from Spain)

(COM(2012)0290 – C7-0150/2012 – 2012/2121(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
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 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

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, in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2011/017 ES/Aragón Construction from Spain)

(COM(2012)0290 – C7-0150/2012 – 2012/2121(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2012)0290 – C7-0150/2012),

–   having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1) (IIA of 17 May 2006), and in particular point 28 thereof,

–   having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund(2) (EGF Regulation),

–   having regard to the trilogue procedure provided for in point 28 of the IIA of 17 May 2006,

–   having regard to the letter of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A7-0233/2012),

A. whereas the European Union has set up the appropriate legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market;

B.  whereas the scope of the EGF was broadened for applications submitted from 1 May 2009 to include support for workers made redundant as a direct result of the global financial and economic crisis;

C. whereas the Union’s financial assistance to workers made redundant should be dynamic and made available as quickly and efficiently as possible, in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, and having due regard for the IIA of 17 May 2006 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the EGF;

D. whereas Spain has requested assistance for 836 redundancies, 320 of which are targeted for assistance, in 377 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 41 ('Construction of buildings')(3) in the NUTS II region of Aragón (ES24) in Spain;

E.  whereas the application fulfils the eligibility criteria laid down by the EGF Regulation;

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 2(b) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Spain is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation;

2.  Notes that the Spanish authorities submitted the application for EGF financial contribution on 28 December 2011 and that its assessment was made available by the Commission on 18 June 2012; welcomes the fact that the evaluation process and submission of additional information by Spain were speedy and accurate;

3.  Notes that unemployment has increased dramatically in Aragón, and by the end of 2011 the number of workers registered in the public labour offices was close to 100 000, of which 15 % were workers made redundant in the construction sector;

4.  Notes that the region of Aragón has been hard hit in the past by mass dismissals and welcomes the fact that the region has decided to use the EGF support to address those redundancies; Spain has submitted two EGF applications for the Aragón region before: EGF/2008/004 ES Castilla y León & Aragón (1 082 redundancies in the automotive industry of which 594 occurred in Aragón)(4) and EGF/2010/016 ES Aragón retail (1 154 redundancies in the retail sector)(5); welcomes the fact that the region builds on the experience with the EGF and quickly assists workers in several sectors; firmly believes that the anticipated EGF assistance can further contribute to preventing the risk of depopulation in the region of Aragón (currently comprising between 3 and 54 inhabitants per km²) by effectively encouraging the population to remain in this territory;

5.  Notes that the Spanish authorities inform that in their assessment based on the experience with previous EGF applications, only 320 of the workers targeted for the EGF support will choose to participate in the measures; calls on the Spanish authorities to use the EGF support to its full potential;

6.  Welcomes the fact that, in order to provide workers with speedy assistance, the Spanish authorities decided to start the implementation of the measures ahead of the final decision on granting the EGF support for the proposed coordinated package;

7.  Recalls the importance of improving the employability of all workers by means of adapted training and recognition of skills and competences gained through out the professional career; expects the training on offer in the coordinated package to be adapted not only to the needs of the dismissed workers but also of the actual business environment;

8.  Welcomes the fact that the relevant social partners were consulted on the application for the EGF assistance and on the contents of the package of personalised services to be provided to the workers in order to improve the match between the demand and supply in the labour market;

9.  Welcomes in particular the training course which was designed to match the identified needs of local enterprises, which will in turn undertake to employ some of the workers participating in this action;

10. Highlights the fact that lessons should be learned from the preparation and implementation of this and other applications addressing mass dismissals in a high number of SMEs in one sector, in particular, in terms of the eligibility of self-employed and owners of the SMEs for EGF support in the future regulation and the arrangements used by the regions and the Member States to come up quickly with sectoral applications covering a large number of enterprises;

11. Notes that the measures supporting entrepreneurship are foreseen only for 20 workers; hopes that the Spanish authorities will promote entrepreneurship and be able to adapt the coordinated package of services in case of increased interest in this kind of measures;

12. Requests the institutions involved to make the necessary efforts to improve procedural and budgetary arrangements in order to accelerate the mobilisation of the EGF; appreciates the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for accelerating the release of grants, aimed at presenting to the budgetary authority the Commission's assessment on the eligibility of an EGF application together with the proposal to mobilise the EGF; hopes that further improvements in the procedure will be integrated in the new Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014–2020) and that greater efficiency, transparency and visibility of the EGF will be achieved;

13. Notes that the coordinated package foresees several participation incentives to encourage participation in the measures: job search allowance of EUR 300 (lump sum), outplacement allowance of EUR 200 and EUR 400 for self-employed per month for a maximum of three months; recalls that the EGF support should be primarily allocated to training and job search as well as training programs instead of contributing directly to unemployment benefits which are the responsibility of national institutions;

14. Recalls the institutions’ commitment to ensuring a smooth and rapid procedure for the adoption of the decisions on the mobilisation of the EGF, providing one-off, time-limited individual support geared to helping workers who have been made redundant as a result of globalisation and the financial and economic crisis; emphasises the role that the EGF can play in the reintegration of workers made redundant into the labour market;

15. Notes that the case at hand reflects the social and economic landscape of the specific region which could in the future be addressed by extending the scope of the EGF to self-employed workers (as proposed by the Commission in the proposal for the EGF 2014-2020);

16. Stresses that, in accordance with Article 6 of the EGF Regulation, it should be ensured that the EGF supports the reintegration of individual redundant workers into employment; further stresses that the EGF assistance can co-finance only active labour market measures which lead to durable, long-term employment; reiterates that assistance from the EGF must not replace actions which are the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements, nor measures restructuring companies or sectors; deplores the fact that the EGF might provide an incentive for companies to replace their contractual workforce with a more flexible and short-term one;

17. Notes that the information provided on the coordinated package of personalised services to be funded from the EGF includes information on the complementarity with actions funded by the Structural Funds; reiterates its call to the Commission to present a comparative evaluation of those data in its annual reports in order to ensure full respect of the existing regulations and that no duplication of Union-funded services can occur;

18. Welcomes the fact that following requests from Parliament, the 2012 budget shows payment appropriations of EUR 50 000 000 on the EGF budget line 04 05 01; recalls that the EGF was created as a separate specific instrument with its own objectives and deadlines and that it therefore deserves a dedicated allocation, which will avoid transfers from other budget lines, as happened in the past, which could be detrimental to the achievement of the policy objectives of the EGF;

19. Regrets the decision of the Council to block the extension of the "crisis derogation", allowing to provide financial assistance to workers made redundant as a result of the current financial and economic crisis in addition to those losing their job because of changes in global trade patterns, and allowing the increase in the rate of Union co-financing to 65% of the programme costs, for applications submitted after the 31 December 2011 deadline, and calls on the Council to reintroduce this measure without delay;

20. Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

21. Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

22. Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

             Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the statistical classification of economic activities NACE Revision 2 and amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3037/90 as well as certain EC regulations on specific statistical domains (OJ L 393, 30.12.2006, p. 1).

(4)

              OJ C 212 E, 5.8.2010, p. 165.

(5)

              OJ C 169 E, 15.6.2012, p. 157.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

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on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2011/017 ES/Aragón Construction from Spain)

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 the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1), and in particular point 28 thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund(2), and in particular Article 12(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)      The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established to provide additional support for workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

(2)      The scope of the EGF was broadened for applications submitted from 1 May 2009 to 30 December 2011 to include support for workers made redundant as a direct result of the global financial and economic crisis.

(3)      The Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 allows the mobilisation of the EGF within the annual ceiling of EUR 500 million.

(4)      Spain submitted an application on 28 December 2011 to mobilise the EGF in respect of redundancies in 377 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 41 ('Construction of buildings') in the NUTS II region of Aragón (ES24) and supplemented it by additional information up to 23 March 2012. This application complies with the requirements for determining the financial contributions as laid down in Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006. The Commission, therefore, proposes to mobilise an amount of EUR 1 300 000.

(5)      The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution for the application submitted by Spain,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2012, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 1 300 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at ,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

              OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

              OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.


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 point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1) and of the Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(2), the Fund may not exceed a maximum amount of EUR 500 million, drawn from any the margin under the global expenditure ceiling from the previous year, and / or from the cancelled commitment appropriations from the previous two years, excluding those related to Heading 1b. The appropriate amounts are entered into the budget as a provision as soon as the sufficient margins and/or cancelled commitments have been identified.

As concerns the procedure, 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 parallel, a trialogue could be organised in order to find an agreement on the use of the Fund and the amounts required. The trialogue can take a simplified form.

II. State of play: Commission's proposal

On 18 June 2012 the Commission adopted a new proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of Spain in order to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant due to the global financial and economic crisis.

This is the fifth application to be examined under the 2012 budget and refers to the mobilisation of a total amount of EUR 1 300 000 from the EGF for Spain. It concerns 836 redundancies, of which 320 are targeted for assistance, in 377 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 41 ('Construction of buildings') in the NUTS II region of Aragón (ES24) during the nine-month reference period from 31 January 2011 to 31 October 2011.

Of these redundancies 767 were calculated in accordance with the second indent of the second paragraph of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006. A further 69 redundancies were calculated in accordance with the third indent of the same paragraph. The Commission has received the confirmation required under the third indent of the second paragraph of Article 2(2) that this is the actual number of redundancies affected.

The application was presented to the Commission on 28 December 2011 and supplemented by additional information up to 23 March 2012.

Commission concluded that the application meets the conditions for deploying the EGF as set out in Article 2(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006, and was submitted within the deadline of 10 weeks referred to in Article 5 of that Regulation.

One of the criteria for Commission's assessment was the evaluation of the link between the redundancies and major structural changes in world trade patterns or the financial crisis. Spanish authorities argue that the construction sector has been severely affected by the crisis. Loans to the construction sector and to individuals have been drastically reduced and the demand for new houses has decreased due to declining consumer confidence and the lack of liquidity.

The Commission has recognised in its Economic Recovery Plan that the construction industry in the EU had seen demand plummet as a result of the crisis. Available data confirms the significant downturn in the construction sector, which fell in the EU-27 for eight consecutive quarters (Q1/2009 to Q4/2010) compared with the same period of the previous year, mainly due to the decrease in private investment in the residential sector. In 2009 construction output in Spain followed the same negative trend as the EU-27 average. However, in 2010 and the first half of 2011 the downturn in the Spanish construction sector was further exacerbated.

Other indicators, such as the number of building permits or the number of buildings started, give further evidence of the decline in demand for buildings (houses) in Spain. The number of building permits granted in Spain decreased by 75,6 % in 2009 and 82,8 % in 2010 compared with 2007, the last pre-crisis year. The number of buildings started decreased by 52,2 % in 2009 compared with 2008 and by 76,7 % compared with 2007. Also, the arguments presented in previous cases(3)

concerning the construction of buildings sector and in which the redundancies were a direct result of the crisis remain valid.

The territory concerned by the redundancies is the autonomous community of Aragón. Most of the territory of the region has a population density lower than the EU average of 112 inhabitants per km2 while 60 % of the total population of the territory is concentrated in the town of Zaragoza and its surrounding area. Aragon's economy based traditionally on cereal crops and sheep farming, has been transformed over the last two or three decades by the rise of the industrial sector, services and trade, and followed by tourism, in particular winter sports tourism. Aragón accounts for 3 % of the Spanish GDP.

The Spanish authorities argue that the redundancies in the construction sector will aggravate the unemployment situation, which has already deteriorated as a result of the financial and economic crisis. During the years 2008 and 2009, unemployment increased dramatically in Aragón, from 40 000 to 80 000 unemployed people. In the following years unemployment continued its up trend and by the end of 2011 the number of workers registered in the public labour offices was close to 100 000. Of these, 15 % were workers made redundant in the construction sector.

Due to the low population density in most of the territory concerned by this application (between 3 and 54 inhabitants per km2) and the risk of depopulation, layoffs have a highly negative impact on this region and might jeopardize the efforts made to encourage the population to remain in the territory. Furthermore, following other mass redundancies in the Aragón region, Spain submitted applications EGF/2008/004 ES Castilla y León & Aragón (1 082 redundancies in the automotive industry of which 594 occurred in Aragón) and EGF/2010/016 ES Aragón retail (1 154 redundancies in the retail sector) (4) for financial contributions from the EGF.

The co-ordinated package of personalised services to be funded, including its compatibility with actions funded by the Structural Funds, includes measures for the reintegration of the 320 targeted workers into employment, such as occupational guidance and profiling, training in job-search techniques, self-employment and social skills, recognition of past experience, re-training, intensive job-search assistance, tutoring after reintegration into work, and various allowances and incentives.

According to Spanish authorities, all the aforementioned measures combine to form a co-ordinated package of personalised services aimed at re-integrating the workers into the labour market. These personalised services started on 28 December 2011.

As regards the criteria contained in Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006, the Spanish authorities in their application:

· confirmed that the financial contribution from the EGF does not replace measures which are the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements;

· demonstrated that the actions provide support for individual workers and are not to be used for restructuring companies or sectors;

· confirmed that the eligible actions referred to above do not receive assistance from other EU financial instruments.

Concerning management and control systems, Spain has notified the Commission that the financial contribution will be managed and controlled by the same bodies that manage and control the ESF. The Instituto Aragonés de Empleo (INAEM) will be the intermediate body for the managing authority.

In accordance with Commission's assessment, the application fulfils the eligibility criteria set up by the EGF Regulation and recommends to the Budget Authority to approve the applications.

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budget Authority a transfer request for a global amount of EUR 1 300 000 from the EGF reserve (40 02 43) in commitments to the EGF budget line (04 05 01).

The Rapporteur welcomes the fact that, following repeated requests from the Parliament, 2012 budget shows payment appropriations (EUR 50.000.000) on the EGF budget line 04 05 01.

He reminds, in fact, that the EGF was created as a separate specific instrument with its own objectives and deadlines and that as such deserves a dedicated allocation, which will avoid transfers from other budget lines - as happened in the past - which could be detrimental to the achievement of the various policy objectives.

The IIA allows the mobilisation of the Fund within the annual ceiling of EUR 500 million.

This is fifth proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund submitted to the Budget Authority in 2012. Therefore, deducing from the appropriations available the current amount requested (EUR 1 300 000) an amount of EUR 487 851 301 still remains available until the end of 2012. This will leave more than 25% of the maximum annual amount earmarked for the EGF available for allocations during the last four months of 2012, as required by Article 12(6) of the EGF Regulation.

III. Procedure

The Commission has presented a transfer request in order to enter specific commitment appropriations in the 2011 budget, as required in Point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006.

The trilogue on the Commission's proposal for a Decision on the mobilisation of the EGF could take a simplified form, as provided for in Article 12(5) of the legal base, unless there is no agreement between the Parliament and the Council.

According to an internal agreement, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the assessment of the applications from the Fund. EMPL has decided to table amendments as well as the traditional letter of opinion, to the report reflecting their position and constructive input.

The Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, has confirmed the importance of ensuring a rapid procedure with due respect of the Interinstitutional Agreement for the adoption of decisions on the mobilisation of the Fund.

(1)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

            EGF/2009/017 LT/Construction of buildings: SEC(2010) 021

EGF/2010/019 IE/Construction 41: COM(2011) 617EGF/2011/002 IT/Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Construction: COM(2011) 480

EGF/2011/006 ES/Comunidad Valenciana Construction: COM(2012) 053.

(4)

            Respectively COM(2009) 150 and COM(2010) 615.


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

EK/jm

D(2012)34121

M. Alain Lamassoure

President of the Committee on budgets

ASP 13E158

Subject: Opinion on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for the case EGF/2011/017 ES/Aragón construction from Spain (COM(2012)290 final)

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/2011/017 ES/Aragón construction 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 2b) of the EGF regulation and targets for support 320 workers of the total of 836 workers dismissed in 377 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 41 ("Construction of buildings") within the reference period between 31 January 2011 and 31 October 2011 in the NUTS II region of Aragón (ES24);

B)  Whereas the Spanish authorities argue that the redundancies were caused by the global financial and economic crises that hit Spain and affected seriously its construction sector;

C)  Whereas in result of the crisis, the loans for the construction sector and to individuals have been dramatically cut and the demand for new housing declined, which is reflected in the decline in the building permits of more then 75% in 2009 and by 80% in 2010 compared with 2007;

D)  Whereas the Commission already recognised in its Economic and Recovery Plan that the EU construction sector has been drastically affected by the crisis; whereas the EGF has already intervened in five cases(1) of dismissals in the construction industries;

E)  Whereas 83,6 % of the workers targeted by the measures are men and 16,4 % are women; whereas 80,5 % of the workers are between 24 and 54 years old and 15% of workers are younger than 24 years;

F)  Whereas the occupational structure of the dismissed labour force is diverse and 64,2% of workers is highly-qualified (including super-specialised workers);

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 Spanish application:

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 2 b) of the EGF regulation (1927/2006) are met and that, therefore, Spain is entitled to a financial contribution under this regulation;

2.  Notes that the Spanish authorities submitted the application for EGF financial contribution on 28 December 2011 and that its assessment was made available by the European Commission on 18 June 2012; welcomes the relatively speedy evaluation process;

3.  Notes that the employment situation in the region is difficult as the unemployment rates doubled in the period 2008-2011 and that the region is suffering from depopulation; welcomes the fact that EGF is seen as an efficient tool to support local labour markets and that the region already applied for the EGF support (EGF/2008/004 ES Castilla y León & Aragón automotive and EGF/2010/016 ES Aragón retail);

4.  Notes that the Spanish authorities inform that in their assessment based on the experience with previous EGF applications, only 320 of the workers targeted for the EGF support will choose to participate in the measures; calls on the Spanish authorities to use the EGF support to its full potential;

5.  Welcomes the fact that in order to provide workers with speedy assistance, the Spanish authorities decided to start the implementation of the measures on 28 December 2011 well ahead of the final decision on granting the EGF support for the proposed coordinated package;

6.  Welcomes the fact that the regional authorities engage in dialogue with the social partners in order to improve the match between the demand and supply in the labour market and that the coordinated package of personalised services has been discussed and developed with the social partners;

7.  Welcomes in particular the training course which was designed to match the identified needs of local enterprises, which will in turn undertake to employ some of the workers participating in this action;

8.  Regrets that the measures supporting entrepreneurship are foreseen only for 20 workers; hopes that the Spanish authorities will promote entrepreneurship and be able to adapt the coordinated package of services in case of increased interest in this kind of measures;

9.  Notes that the coordinated package foresees several participation incentives to encourage participation in the measures: job search allowance of EUR 300 (lump sum) outplacement allowance of EUR 200 and EUR 400 for self-employed per month for a maximum of three months; recalls that the EGF support should be primarily allocated to training and job search as well as training programs instead of contributing directly to unemployment benefits which are the responsibility of national institutions;

10.  Notes that the case at hand reflects the social and economic landscape of the specific region which could in the future be addressed by extending the scope of the EGF to self-employed workers (as proposed by the Commission in the proposal for the EGF 2014-2020).

Yours sincerely,

Pervenche Berès

(1)

EGF/2009/017 LT/Construction of buildings: SEC(2010) 021

EGF/2010/019 IE/Construction 41: COM(2011) 617

EGF/2011/002 IT/Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Construction: COM(2011) 480

EGF/2011/006 ES/Comunidad Valenciana Construction: COM(2012) 053.


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

12.7.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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29

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Members present for the final vote

Marta Andreasen, Richard Ashworth, Jean Louis Cottigny, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Isabelle Durant, James Elles, Göran Färm, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Anne E. Jensen, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Giovanni La Via, Barbara Matera, Claudio Morganti, Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar, Nadezhda Neynsky, Dominique Riquet, Alda Sousa, Helga Trüpel

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Alexander Alvaro, Bendt Bendtsen, Frédéric Daerden, Leonardo Domenici, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Jutta Steinruck, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan, Nils Torvalds

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