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PE 528.102v02-00 A7-0158/2014

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2013/008, ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles from Spain)

(COM(2014)0045 – C7-0019/2014 – 2014/2013(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Frédéric Daerden

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
  ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 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 mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2013/008 ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles from Spain)

(COM(2014)0045 – C7-0019/2014 – 2014/2013(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2014)0045 – C7-0019/2014),

–   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(1), (EGF Regulation),

–   having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

–   having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3) (IIA of 2 December 2013), and in particular point 13 thereof,

–   having regard to trilogue procedure provided for in point 13 of the IIA of 2 December 2013,

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

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A7-0158/2014),

A. whereas the European Union has set up 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 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 2 December 2013 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the EGF,

C. whereas Spain submitted application EGF/2013/008 ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles for a financial contribution from the EGF, following 560 redundancies in 198 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 13 (Manufacture of textiles)(4) in the NUTS II region of Comunidad Valenciana (ES52) with 300 workers targeted for EFG co-funded measures, during the reference period from 1 November 2012 to 1 August 2013,

D. whereas the application fulfils the eligibility criteria set up 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 8 October 2013, and that its assessment was made available by the Commission on 28 January 2014; welcomes the speedy evaluation of four months;

3.  Considers that the redundancies in Comunidad Valenciana textile enterprises are linked to major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, referring to the closure of the WTO’s Transitional Agreement on Textiles and Clothing at the end of 2004 and a greater exposure to the global competition particularly from China and other Far Eastern countries leading to a substantial increase of textiles imports into the Union and a loss of Union's market share in world textiles markets;

4.  Notes that Comunidad Valenciana has been severely affected by globalisation with unemployment reaching 29,19 % in the first quarter of 2013; welcomes the fact that the region avails itself yet again of EGF aid to alleviate high unemployment by addressing for the second time lay-offs in textile sector;

5.  Congratulates Comunidad Valenciana on the capacity to apply for and use EGF to address problems of its labour market characterised by a high percentage of SMEs; in this context recalls that Valenciana region has already applied for the EGF support for textile, ceramic and natural stone as well as construction sector;

6.  Underlines the capacity of EGF to help address fragile employment situation in the regions dependant on traditional sectors such as textiles or construction sectors; stresses that this capacity depends on the readiness and effectiveness of national and local authorities to apply for EGF support;

7.  Notes that to date, the manufacture of textiles sector has been the subject of 11 EGF applications(5), all of them based on trade related globalisation while Comunidad Valenciana region submitted already six EGF applications: in September 2009(6) (ceramics), March 2010(7) (natural stone), March 2010(8) (textiles), July(9) and December 2011(10) (construction and footwear, respectively) and 2013(11) (building materials);

8.  Welcomes the fact that, in order to provide workers with speedy assistance, the Spanish authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 1 January 2014 , well ahead of the final decision on granting the EGF support for the proposed coordinated package;

9.  Notes that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for the reintegration of 300 redundant workers into employment such as profiling, occupational guidance, counselling, trainings (training in transversal skills, vocational training, on-the-job training, training towards entrepreneurship), support towards entrepreneurship, intensive job-search assistance, incentives (job-search incentive, support for setting up a business, outplacement incentives, contribution to commuting expenses and contribution for carers of dependent persons);

10. Welcomes the fact that the social partners, including trade unions (UGT-PV, CCOO-PV), were consulted during the preparation of EGF application and agreed on contributing 10% of the total national co-funding of total costs of the applied measures, and that a policy of equality of women and men as well as the principle non-discrimination will be applied during the various stages of the implementation of and in access to the EGF;

11. Recalls the importance of improving the employability of all workers by means of adapted training and the recognition of skills and competences gained throughout a worker's 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 to the actual business environment;

12. Welcomes the fact that the coordinated package includes vocational training focusing on sectors where opportunities exist or are likely to arise as well as contains on-the-job training which will match the identified needs of local enterprises;

13. Regrets that the Commission proposal does not outline the educational structure of the dismissed labour force;

14. Notes that the coordinated package foresees financial incentives for job-search (lump sum of EUR 300), mobility allowance, outplacement incentive (up to EUR 350) as well as contribution for carers of dependent persons; welcomes the fact that the overall amount of financial incentives is relatively limited leaving the majority of the contribution to be spent on training, counselling, job search assistance and support of entrepreneurship;

15. Notes that the case at hand typically reflects the social and economic landscape of a region with local economy characterised by a high percentage of SMEs;

16. Notes that the information provided on the coordinated package of personalised services to be funded from the EGF includes information on complementarity with actions funded by the Structural Funds; stresses that the Spanish authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments; 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;

17. Requests the institutions involved to make the necessary efforts to improve procedural 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 the accelerated 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; underlines that further improvements in the procedure have been integrated in the new Regulation on European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020)(12) and that greater efficiency, transparency and visibility of the EGF will be achieved;

18. Stresses that, in accordance with Article 6 of the EGF Regulation, it shall be ensured that the EGF supports the reintegration of individual redundant workers into stable employment; stresses, furthermore, that 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;

19. Welcomes the agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council regarding the new EGF Regulation, for the period 2014-2020, to reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion, to increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures, to increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the European Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval, to widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and to finance incentives for setting up own businesses;

20. Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

21. Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and 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 L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(4)

             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).

(5)

             EGF/2007/005 IT Sardegna, COM(2008) 609; EGF/2007/006 IT Piemonte, COM(2008) 609; EGF/2007/007 IT Lombardia, COM(2008) 609; EGF/2008/001 IT Toscana, COM(2008) 609; EGF/2009/003 LT Alytaus Textile, COM(2008) 547; EGF/2009/005 ES Cataluña, COM(2009) 371; EGF/2009/001 PT Norte-Centro, COM(2009) 371; EGF/2009/004 BE Oost en West Vlaanderen Textiel, COM(2009) 515; EGF/2009/005 BE Limburg Textiel, COM(2009) 515, EGF/2010/009 ES Comunidad Valenciana, COM(2010) 613 and EGF/2013/008 Comunidad Valenciana (the current case).

(6)

              EGF/2009/014 ES Comunidad Valenciana ceramics COM(2010) 216.

(7)

              EGF/2010/005 ES Comunidad Valenciana cutting, shaping and finishing of stone. COM (2010) 617.

(8)

              EGF/2010/009 ES Comunidad Valenciana COM(2010) 613.

(9)

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

(10)

            EGF/2011/020 ES Comunidad Valenciana footwear COM(2012) 204.

(11)

            EGF/2013/004 ES Comunidad Valenciana building materials COM(2013) 635.

(12)

•       Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855).


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2013/008 ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles 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 Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund(1), and in particular Article 12(3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

Having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), and in particular point 13 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)      Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 allows the mobilisation of the EGF within the annual ceiling of EUR 150 million.

(3)      Spain submitted an application to mobilise the EGF, in respect of redundancies in 198 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 13 (Manufacture of textiles) in the NUTS II region of Comunidad Valenciana (ES52), on 8 October 2013 and supplemented it by additional information up to 5 November 2013. 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 840 000.

(4)      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 2014, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 840 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

            OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(2)

           OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

            OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, 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 Article 12 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(1) and of the Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(2), the Fund may not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices). The appropriate amounts are entered into the general budget of the Union as a provision.

As concerns the procedure, according to point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), 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 the event of disagreement, a trilogue shall be initiated.

II. The Comunidad Valenciana textiles application and the Commission's proposal

On 28 January 2014, the Commission adopted a proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of Spain to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant in 198 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 13 (Manufacture of textiles)(4) in the NUTS II region of Comunidad Valenciana (ES52) in Spain due to major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation.

This is the first application to be examined under the 2014 budget and refers to the mobilisation of a total amount of EUR 840 000 from the EGF for Spain. It concerns 560 redundancies in 198 textile enterprises of the Comunidad Valenciana region of Spain with 300 workers targeted for EFG co-funded measures during the reference period from 1 November 2012 to 1 August 2013. Of these redundancies, 117 were calculated in accordance with the first indent of the second paragraph of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006; 284 redundancies were calculated in accordance with the second indent and further 159 redundancies were calculated in accordance with the third indent of the same paragraph.

The application was sent to the Commission 8 October 2013 supplemented by additional information up to 5 November 2013. The Commission has concluded that the application meets the conditions for deploying the EGF as set out in Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006.

The Spanish authorities argue that since the closure of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) ten-year, transitional Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) at the end of 2004, the European Union market for textiles has been open to far more global competition(5), particularly from China and other Far Eastern countries. The graph below shows that for NACE Division 13 there was a large increase in imports since the ending of the ATC. Over the period 2004-2012 the EU trade balance in textiles has deteriorated substantially. There was a 17 % increase in imports of textiles into EU over the period whilst the export of textiles from the EU to the rest of the world decreased by 3 %. The trade balance for textiles of the EU decreased from a surplus of EUR 1 107 million in 2004 to a deficit of EUR 3 067 million in 2012. Furthermore, whilst the share in world exports of textiles of the EU decreased from 10 % to 8 % over the period 2000-2011 the share in world exports of textiles of China increased from 10 % to 32 %(6).

The Spanish authorities state that 11,5% of all Spanish enterprises are based in the NUTS II region of Comunidad Valenciana, the territory concerned by the redundancies. The manufacturing sector represents 26 % of total employment here, while the service sector represents 60 %, construction 10 % and the primary sector 4 %. The business model in Comunidad Valenciana is characterised by a high proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises specialised mainly in the manufacture of furniture, shoes, textiles, ceramics and toys. These industries are concentrated in districts around a limited number of municipalities. It is argued that the redundancies in the textile sector in Comunidad Valenciana will further aggravate the unemployment situation, since the region and in particular the NUTS 3 region Alicante is highly dependent on this sector. Of all workers in the manufacturing industry in Alicante, 8,24 % are textile workers.

The co-ordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for the reintegration of 300 workers into employment such as profiling, occupational guidance, counselling, trainings (training in transversal skills, vocational training, on-the-job training, training towards entrepreneurship), support towards entrepreneurship, intensive job-search assistance, incentives (job-search incentive, support for setting up a business, outplacement incentives, contribution to commuting expenses and contribution for carers of dependent persons).

According to the Spanish authorities, the measures initiated on 1 January 2014 combine to form a co-ordinated package of personalised services and represent active labour market measures with the aim of re-integrating the workers into the labour market.

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 as the European Social Fund. The Directorate-General for European Projects and Funds of the Regional Ministry of Finance and Government of the Comunidad Valenciana(7) will be the intermediate body for the managing authority.

III. Procedure

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budget Authority a transfer request for a global amount of EUR 840 000 from the EGF reserve (40 02 43) to the EGF budget line (04 04 51).

This is the first transfer proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund transmitted to the Budgetary Authority to date during 2014. The proposed amount of financial contribution will leave more than 25 % of the maximum annual amount earmarked for the EGF available for allocations during the last four months of the year, as required by Article 12(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006.

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 should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the assessment of the applications from the Fund.

(1)

           OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(2)

           OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

            OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(4)

            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).

(5)

            The Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder terminated on January 1, 2005. The expiry of the ten-year transition period of ATC implementation means that trade in textile and clothing products is no longer subject to quotas under a special regime outside normal WTO/GATT rules but is now governed by the general rules and disciplines embodied in the multilateral trading system.

(6)

            WTO International Trade Statistics 2012.

(7)

            Dirección General de Proyectos y Fondos Europeos de la Consellería de Hacienda y Administraciones Públicas de la Generalitat Valenciana


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

EK/nt

D(2014)5436

M. Alain Lamassoure

Chair of the Committee on Budgets

ASP 13E158

Subject: Opinion on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for the case EGF/2013/008 ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles from Spain (COM(2014)45 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/2013/008 ES/Comunidad Valenciana textiles 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 2 (b) of the EGF regulation and targets for support 300 workers of the total of 560 workers dismissed in 198 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 52 ("manufacture of textiles") within the reference period between 1 November 2012 and 1 August 2013 in the NUTS II region of Comunidad Valenciana (ES52).

B)  Whereas the Spanish authorities argue that the redundancies were caused by the globalisation that affected seriously Spanish textile sector;

C)  Whereas in result of the globalisation, EU trade balance in textiles deteriorated over the period 2004-2012, with 17% increase of imports of textiles to the EU and 3% decrease in exports of textiles outside the EU;

D)  Whereas the share in world exports of textiles of the EU decreased from 10% to -8% over the period 2000-2011 while the share of China increased from 10% to 32% in the same period;

E)  Whereas in the assessment of the Commission the 560 lay-offs can be linked to major structural changes in world trade patterns reflected in a substantial increase in imports in the EU and decreased EU market share in world markets;

F)  Whereas 56,61 % of the workers targeted by the measures are men and 43,39 % are women; whereas 79,1 % of the workers are between 25 and 54 years old and 20% of workers are older than 55 years;

G)  Whereas the dismissed labour force consists of 81,25% of craft and related trade workers, 10,71% of technicians and 6,07% of elementary occupations;

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 8 October 2013 and that its assessment was made available by the European Commission on 28 January 2014; welcomes the speedy evaluation period;

3.  Notes that Comunidad Valenciana has been severely affected by globalisation with unemployment rate reaching 29,19% in the first quarter of 2013; welcomes the fact that the region avails itself yet again of EGF aid to alleviate high unemployment by addressing for the second time lay-offs in textile sector;

4.  Congratulates Communidad Valenciana on the capacity to apply for and use EGF to address problems of its labour market characterised by a high percentage of SMEs; in this context recalls that Valenciana region has already applied for the EGF support on five instances for textile, ceramic and natural stone as well as construction sector (applications: EGF/2009/0014, EGF/2010/005 and EGF/2010/009, EGF/2011/006 and EGF/2013/004);

5.  Underlines the capacity of EGF to help address fragile employment situation in the regions dependant on traditional sectors such as textiles or construction sectors; stresses that this capacity depends on the readiness and effectiveness of national and local authorities to apply for the Fund;

6.  Welcomes the fact that in order to provide workers with speedy assistance, the Spanish authorities decided to start the implementation of the measures on 1 January 2014, ahead of the final decision on granting the EGF support for the proposed coordinated package;

7.  Notes that the Spanish authorities inform that in their assessment based on the experience with previous EGF applications, only 300 of the workers targeted for the EGF support will choose to participate in the measures;

8.  Regrets that the Commission proposal does not outline the educational structure of the dismissed labour force;

9.  Welcomes the fact that the coordinated package includes vocational training focusing on sectors where opportunities exist or are likely to arise as well as contains on-the-job training which will match the identified needs of local enterprises;

10.  Notes that the coordinated package foresees financial incentives for job-search (lump sum of 300 euro), mobility allowance, outplacement incentive (up to 350 euro) as well as contribution for carers of dependent persons; welcomes the fact that the overall amount of financial incentives is relatively limited leaving the majority of the contribution to be spent on training, counselling, job search assistance and support of entrepreneurship;

11.  Welcomes the fact that the social partners were consulted on several occasions on the design and the implementation of the coordinated package of personalised services; notes that the social partners agreed to contribute 10% to the national co-funding;

12.  Notes that the case at hand typically reflects the social and economic landscape of a region with local economy characterised by a high percentage of SMEs; stresses that new EGF 2014-2020 with its extended scope will be able to assist self-employed workers as well.

Yours sincerely,

Pervenche Berès


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

4.3.2014

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

33

2

2

Members present for the final vote

Marta Andreasen, James Elles, Göran Färm, José Manuel Fernandes, Věra Flasarová, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Anne E. Jensen, Ivailo Kalfin, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, George Lyon, Claudio Morganti, Jan Mulder, Nadezhda Neynsky, Andrej Plenković, Dominique Riquet, Alda Sousa, Helga Trüpel, Angelika Werthmann

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Frédéric Daerden, Edit Herczog, Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný, Georgios Stavrakakis, Nils Torvalds, Catherine Trautmann

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Inés Ayala Sender, Antonio Cancian, María Auxiliadora Correa Zamora

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