European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) crisis derogation
Question for oral answer O-000014/2012
to the Council
Pervenche Berès, Marian Harkin
on behalf of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
The European Parliament has endorsed the Commission’s proposal on the extension of the crisis derogation relating to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), which was introduced in 2009 as part of the Recovery Plan. The EGF proved to be a useful tool in mitigating the results of the economic crisis and preventing social disasters at local level while providing support for the training and retraining of workers with a view to reintegrating them into employment in difficult labour conditions. The derogation increased the flexibility of the Fund and it was put to much use by the Member States – between 2009 and 2011, 67 out of 97 applications requested EGF support in relation to the impact of the financial and economic crisis.
Given that the EPSCO Council did not reach a political agreement on the Commission proposal in December 2011, the Member States will not be able to apply for the support for workers made redundant as a direct result of the global financial and economic crisis as provided for in Article 1(1a) of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006. The expiry of the derogation has to be seen in the context of increasing unemployment rates and a continued decline in the economic situation across the EU. In December 2011, 13 applications under the crisis derogation were received by the Commission, including 3 applications from one country belonging to the so-called ‘blocking minority’ in the Council.
Deadline for reply: 17.2.2012