Job-search aid worth €2.6m for 821 former Nokia workers in Finland 

MEPs will vote to make €2,641,800 available to help 821 redundant ICT workers in Finland to find new jobs.

  • 945 workers were made redundant by Nokia Network Systems and three of its suppliers and downstream producers.

  • 821 out of the 945 are expected to benefit from the measures.

  • The job losses were the result of fierce competition between the Finnish ICT sector and its competitors.

MEPs note that the redundancies are part of Nokia’s worldwide transformation programme, “which is needed in order to be able to compete with East Asian rivals.” The areas concerned are the regions around the cities of Helsinki, Oulu and Tampere (Helsinki-Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Northern Ostrobothnia).

The Council will vote on the proposal on 15 May.


The aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund would provide career coaching and individual guidance, employment and business services, a variety of vocational training schemes, services for new entrepreneurs and start-up grants, hiring incentives, training-related allowances, pay subsidy and contributions towards removal costs. The Fund’s annual ceiling is €150 million.

Vote:  Wednesday, 17 May

Procedure: budgetary procedure

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