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European Globalisation Fund pays EUR 24.3 M to help redundant workers

Romania is among the beneficiaries, including former employees of Nokia from Jucu.

The European Commission (EC) has just made payments to Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden from the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF), a press release informs. The total amount of EUR 24.3 M will help 5,271 workers in those countries back into employment, following their dismissals in a wide variety of sectors including automotive, motorcycles, mobile phones, metal products, electronic equipment and social work activities.The break-down of the total EUR 24.3 M is as follows: EUR 8.2 M will help 2,416 former workers of Nokia (1,000 in Finland and 1,416 in Romania) who lost their job as a result of the transfer of mobile phone assembly lines to Asian countries. EUR 5.5 M will help 1,350 former workers of Saab in Sweden. The redundancies are a consequence of the geographical shift of production to Asia, due to the growing demand for passenger cars in Asian markets. EUR 5.2 M will help 350 workers made redundant in Steiermark in Austria.

The dismissals in Steiermark’s mobile social services sector is a consequence of social budget cuts resulting from the current economic and financial crisis. EUR 2.7 M will help 502 workers dismissed by ten manufacturers of motorcycles, spare parts or components for the motorcycle and moped industry in Italy, which is Europe’s main centre of production in this sector. The redundancies are the result of the drop in demand for such vehicles throughout Europe. EUR 1.4 M will help 153 former workers of Flextronics Denmark, a producer of printed circuit boards.

The redundancies are a direct consequence of the major structural changes in world trade patterns, whereby electronic equipment facilities are moving to Asia. In this case, the Singapore Flextronics headquarters decided to close the Danish subsidiary. EUR 1.3 M will help 500 dismissed workers from Spanish manufacturers of fabricated metal products. The metal products sector is a major supplier of a wide range of manufacturing industries, notably in the shipbuilding, construction and automotive sectors.

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