Magazine article European Social Policy

Employment : Egf Assistance in Germany and Lithuania

Magazine article European Social Policy

Employment : Egf Assistance in Germany and Lithuania

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The European Commission approved, on 30 November, applications from Germany and Lithuania for assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The applications will now be put before the European Parliament and the Councila for decision. If approved, 6.2 million will help 1,793 automotive workers made redundant by the Karmann Group back into employment anda258,163 requested will help 480 employees made redundant from Snaige - a manufacturer of electrical equipment - and two of its suppliers - UAB Jugos kabeliai and UAB Hoda.

The German application, which was received on 13 August 2009, relates to 2,476 dismissed workers (1,618 in Lower Saxony and 858 in North Rhine Westphalia) of whom 1,793 are targeted for assistance. These redundancies are a consequence of a change in world trade patterns; in particular, a significant reduction of the EU market further exacerbated by the global financial and economic crisis and the ensuing reduction in demand for motor vehicles since the second half of 2008. The assistance package is targeted at short time allowance; basic, individual and group qualification; qualification management; counselling for setting up a business; job research; peer groups/workshops; international job applications and aftercare in case of unemployment at the end of the measures.

The Lithuanian application relates to 651 redundancies in AB Snaige, a manufacturer of electrical equipment, and two of its suppliers. …

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