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Parliamentary question - E-003953/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Mr Schmit on behalf of the European Commission

    1. The EU provides funding for a broad range of programmes in almost all areas. Regarding employment and support to companies European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are relevant. ESF and ERDF Operational Programmes (OPs) are based on the principle of shared management. Member States have the responsibility to implement them and provide financial support to beneficiaries. The Commission is involved in monitoring, including the analysis of the annual implementation reports, as well as committing and paying out approved expenditure and verifying the functioning of the management and control systems set up by the national authorities.

    Based on Regulation EU No 1303/2013[1], Member States must provide regular and complete information about EU funded projects and beneficiaries. GKN Group received ESF funds for professional training[2]; details are publicly available and can be directly requested to the Managing Authority (MA) of ESF OP Toscana[3].

    2. Eligibility criteria and selection procedures are established by the MA and approved by the Monitoring Committee and must be transparent and non-discriminatory. The conditions for all beneficiaries, including the GKN Group, to access ESF ad ERDF funds must therefore be public and provided by the MA of the OPs Toscana[4].

    3. With regard to layoffs, the Commission does not plan a legislative proposal in this area. When contemplating collective redundancies, employers have to comply with national rules transposing Directive 98/59/EC[5] relating to collective redundancies and European Works Council Directive[6]. It is for the competent national authorities to ensure that the national rules are correctly and effectively applied in practice by individual companies.

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