MEPs set to approve €2.1 million in EU aid for former tyre workers in Germany
Parliament is to give its green light on Wednesday to grant €2,165,231 in EU job search aid from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help 646 former employees of tyre manufacturer Goodyear in Germany to find new jobs.
Following the complete shutdown of Goodyear's production plant in Philippsburg in Baden-Württemberg due to competition from outside the EU, hundreds of dismissed tyre workers should benefit from job support measures like skills training or advisory services towards business start-ups.
More than a quarter of the redundant workers were between 55 and 64 years old. Around 300 of them are unskilled and have a migration background. “Active labour market measures co-funded by the EGF are all the more important for improving the chances of reintegration in the labour market of these groups”, says the draft report. The Goodyear plant was the largest employer in the region until now.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid is expected to be endorsed by the EU Council of Ministers on 12 March, and by plenary on 14 March. It can then take effect.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund contributes to packages of tailor-made services to help redundant workers find new jobs. Its annual ceiling is €150 million.
Redundant workers are offered measures such as support for business start-ups, job-search assistance, occupational guidance and various kinds of training. In most cases, national authorities have already put the measures in place and will have their costs reimbursed by the EU when their applications are finally approved.
Vote: Wednesday, 14 March
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