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Training and support
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The EGF supports
education and training
In 2006 the EGF (European Globalisation Adjustment Fund) was established by the European Union to enable EU Member States to provide programmes of assistance to workers who were made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation. In 2009 also applications due to the effects of global economic crisis were made possible.
The EGF supports labour market policy measures as e.g. orientation, training and formation. EGF funds can be requested, if a higher number of workers has become unemployed due to globalisation or global economic crisis. Precondition is that more than 500 people are made redundant within one enterprise or within one branch and region within a certain period of time.
The EGF-regulation was adopted in 2013:
Questions and Answers
Which are the requirements to apply for EGF support?
Which measures are supported by the EGF?
What are the requirements in detail?
Several scenarios are possible. For each scenario a verified reasoning that mass redundancies are due to globalisation causes or impacts of a global financial and economic crisis has to be delivered.
- Scenario 1: More than 500 redundancies within one single company including its up- and downstream supply chain within four months.
- Scenario 2: More than 500 redundancies within nine months in one branch in one or two neighbouring provinces in particular in small- and medium-sized enterprises within a period of nine months.
- Scenario 3: in the case of small labour markets or in exceptional circumstances an application can be filed even if requirements of Scenarios 1 and 2 are not fully met, when the redundancies have a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy.
What is the EGF’s budget? What is the maximum duration of an EGF project?
When was the EGF established?
Which are the EGF-projects that have been implemented in Austria so far?
So far there have been six EGF-projects in Austria. Details are made available under EGF in Austria.
Who may apply for EGF co-funding?
Applications for support from the Fund are filed in by the Member States and submitted to the European Commission (EC). Individual persons and companies cannot file an application directly.
In Austria, the Managing Authority, which is responsible for applications and the implementation, is the Division VI / A / 3 in the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. It monitors the economic situation and decides on pursuing an application to the EC. The EC assesses the EGF applications and clarifies open questions with the member states. If the application is assessed positively, it will be forwarded to the European Parliament and the European Council to obtain their consent.