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European Globalisation Fund

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 422W, on EU grants and loans, when the European Globalisation Fund was established; what payments the Government has made to the fund; which EU member states have made applications for matched funding from the fund; which of these have been approved and for what purposes; how much has been paid out from the fund to date; what criteria govern the sources of matched funds; and if he will make a statement. (257414)

In his answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1422W, my right hon. Friend the Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform stated that the European globalisation fund draws on the EU budget where there may be underspends or decommitted funds. This means that Governments do not make additional payments into the fund.

Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal and Spain have had EGF applications approved, totalling €67,646,697. Germany, Portugal and Spain have further applications still to be determined, totalling €14,621,200.

All these applications are for active labour market measures, including training, to reintegrate back into the labour market workers who lost their jobs as a result of a large scale redundancy, of at least 1,000 redundancies. This forms the main criterion for use of the fund.

More detailed information is in the EGF Regulation of 20 December 2006 and the Commission Communication on the EGF in 2007—Review and Prospects—published on 2 July 2008. Both were deposited in the Library. The Commission have also placed these on the Europa website, along with advice and guidance on using the EGF.