2017/2229(BUD)

Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: redundancies in the retail trade sector in Greece

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2017/2229(BUD) Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: redundancies in the retail trade sector in Greece
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead BUDG VIEU Marie-Pierre (GUE/NGL)
Opinion EMPL
Opinion REGI
Lead committee dossier: BUDG/8/11353
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  • 2018/01/06 Final act published in Official Journal
  • #3580
  • 2017/11/30 Council Meeting
  • 2017/11/30 Results of vote in Parliament
    • Results of vote in Parliament
    • T8-0456/2017 summary
  • 2017/11/23 Budgetary report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
    • A8-0367/2017 summary
  • 2017/11/22 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2017/10/26 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2017/10/23 Non-legislative basic document published
    • COM(2017)0613 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/employment-social-affairs-and-inclusion_en', u'title': u'Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion'}, THYSSEN Marianne

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8 2017/2229(BUD) Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: redundancies in the retail trade sector in Greece
2017/11/10 BUDG 8 amendments...
source: PE-613.394

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    • The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Marie-Pierre VIEU (GUE/NGL, FR) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, amounting to EUR 2 949 150 in commitment and payment appropriations to assist Greece facing redundancies in the retail sector.

      The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) provides support to workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in international trade as a result of globalisation or the global economic and financial crisis. It has a maximum annual budget of EUR 150 million for the period 2014-2020.

      Greek application: Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF under the intervention criteria set out in Article 4(2) of the EGF Regulation following 725 redundancies in nine enterprises operating in the retail-trade sector in the region of Attica and 10 other regions. 

      Members agreed that the conditions set out in the EGF Regulation were met and that Greece is entitled to a financial contribution of EUR 2 949 150, which represents 60 % of the total cost of EUR 4 915 250.

      Reasons for the redundancies: the economic crisis has put significant downward pressure on Greek households’ purchasing power since 2008. The drastic reduction in lending to businesses and individuals has had an impact on retailers.

      The austerity measures applied since 2008, in particular pay cuts, renegotiation of leases and deferring due dates for bills, have caused the situation to deteriorate.

      The redundancies are directly linked to the decline in the sector since 2008. 164 000 jobs were lost between 2008 and 2015 in the retail trade, manufacturing and construction sectors, which account for 64.2 % of total job losses. The committee is concerned that such lay-offs may compound still further the unemployment situation that the regions in question have been facing since the onset of the economic and financial crisis.

      Package of personalised services: Greece is planning five types of measures to be provided to redundant workers and for which EGF co-funding is being requested:

      • occupational guidance;
      • training, retraining and vocational training;
      • help with business start-ups;
      • job search allowances and training allowances;
      • job creation subsidies.

      The income support measures will be 34.72% of the overall package of personalised measures, just below the maximum 35% set out in the Regulation.

      Lastly, Members reiterated that EGF assistance must not take the place of actions which are the responsibility of enterprises, under national law or collective agreements, or of measures for restructuring enterprises or sectors.

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    • The European Parliament adopted by 555 votes to 71, with 11 abstentions, a resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund following a request from Greece - EGF/2017/003 GR/Attica retail.

      Parliament approved the proposal for a decision annexed to the resolution.

      According to the Decision, EUR 2 949 150 in commitment and payment appropriations would be mobilised to assist Greece under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund within the framework of the general budget of the Union established for the financial year 2017, following 725 redundancies in nine enterprises operating in the retail-trade sector in the region of Attica and 10 other regions. 

      In its resolution, Parliament recalled that the economic crisis has put significant downward pressure on Greek households’ purchasing power since 2008. The drastic reduction in lending to businesses and individuals has had an impact on retailers.

      The austerity measures applied since 2008, in particular pay cuts, renegotiation of leases and deferring due dates for bills, have caused the situation to deteriorate.

      The redundancies are directly linked to the decline in the sector since 2008. 164 000 jobs were lost between 2008 and 2015 in the retail trade, manufacturing and construction sectors, which account for 64.2 % of total job losses. Parliament is concerned that such lay-offs may compound still further the unemployment situation that the regions in question have been facing since the onset of the economic and financial crisis.

      Members noted that Greece is planning five types of measures to be provided to redundant workers and for which EGF co-funding is being requested: (i) occupational guidance; (ii) training, retraining and vocational training; (iii) help with business start-ups; (iv) job search allowances and training allowances; (v) job creation subsidies.

      The income support measures will be 34.72% of the overall package of personalised measures, just below the maximum 35% set out in the Regulation.

      Parliament welcomed Greece’s decision to offer vocational training courses to workers which correspond to their needs, especially those of the elderly beneficiaries, and to current labour market requirements. It recalled that the design of the coordinated package of personalised services benefiting from the EGF should be geared, in terms of its design, to initiatives conducive to employment, to upskilling of workers and to making the most of their employment history so as to reach out to the business community, including cooperatives, and should be coordinated with existing Union programmes, including the European Social Fund.

      Members are convinced that a coherent strategy would reduce the risk of relocation and create an environment conducive for industrial production to return to the Union. They also stressed the importance of a genuine industrial policy at Union level.

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  • PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to assist Greece facing redundancies in the retail sector.

    NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision (EU) 2018/6 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund following an application from Greece — EGF/2017/003 GR/Attica retail.

    CONTENT: with this Decision, the European Parliament and the Council mobilised EUR 2 949 150 in commitment and payment appropriations from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) under the 2017 budget.

    This amount is granted in response to Greece's request on 13 April 2017 for EGF mobilisation in connection with redundancies in nine enterprises operating in the retail sector in the following regions of Greece: Attica, Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Western Greece, Central Greece, Peloponnese, Southern Aegean and Crete.

    In accordance with Article 4(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013, the application from Greece is considered admissible since the redundancies have a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy.

    As a reminder, the EGF aims to provide support for workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, as a result of a continuation of the global financial and economic crisis. The EGF is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million for the period 2014-2020.

    ENTRY INTO FORCE: 6.1.2018. In order to minimise delay for the mobilisation of the EGF, the decision applies from the date of its adoption, i.e. 12.12.2017.

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