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2014/2042(BUD) Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: redundancies in the food industry in Greece

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead BUDG KYRTSOS Georgios (icon: PPE PPE) GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider (icon: S&D S&D), JÄÄTTEENMÄKI Anneli (icon: ALDE ALDE), NÍ RIADA Liadh (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), ZANNI Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion EMPL
Committee Opinion REGI
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Events

2014/10/08
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in respect of redundancies in the food industry in Greece.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision 2014/698/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with Point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart from Greece).

CONTENT: with this Decision, the European Parliament and the Council have decided to mobilise the EGF for an amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in the framework of the 2014 general budget of the European Union.

This amount shall assist Greece following redundancies in the enterprise Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers: AR.ZIGAS & SIA as well 24 self-employed people.

Given that this application complies with the requirements for determining the financial contributions as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 ( MFF Regulation 2014-2020 ), the European Parliament and Council have decided to grant the abovementioned amount.

Furthermore, Greece has decided to provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF also to young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), as is authorised by the EGF Regulation 2014-2020.

To recall, the EGF was established 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 addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009 , or as a result of a new global financial and economic crisis and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 provides that the EGF shall not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million .

2014/09/26
   CSL - Draft budget approved by Council
2014/09/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2014/09/26
   CSL - Council Meeting
2014/09/17
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2014/09/17
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 69, 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, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry.

The resolution recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Parliament asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation.

Redundancies : Parliament considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. It noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions.

Parliament welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014.

Package of personalised services : it noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. Parliament welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF.

It stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. It reiterated its call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur.

Targeted workers : Parliament welcomed the fact that, in addition to 508 redundant workers, the Greek authorities will provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF to up to 505 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 30 which brings the total number of targeted beneficiaries to participate in the measures to 1 013. It noted that the maximum eligible amount of EUR 15 000 will be granted to 150 selected workers and NEETs as a contribution to setting up their own businesses.

New EGF : Parliament appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application.

It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements.

Parliament also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to:

reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion; increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures; increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval; widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and finance incentives for setting up own businesses.

Documents
2014/09/12
   EP - Budgetary report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Details

The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Georgios KYRTSOS (EPP, EL) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry.

Members recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Members asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation.

Redundancies : Members considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. They noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions.

They welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014.

Package of personalised services : Members noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. They welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF.

Members stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. They reiterated their call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur.

New EGF : the committee appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application.

It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements.

Members also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to:

reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion; increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures; increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval; widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and finance incentives for setting up own businesses.

Documents
2014/09/11
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2014/09/04
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2014/07/15
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2014/07/15
   EP - KYRTSOS Georgios (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2014/07/03
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2014/06/24
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Details

PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to assist Greece following redundancies in the food industry.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

CONTENT: Article 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 allows for the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) within the annual ceiling of EUR 150 million (2011 prices) over and above the relevant headings of the financial framework.

The rules applicable to financial contributions from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) are laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 .

In this context, the Commission examined the request for mobilisation of the EGF with a view to assisting Greece and stated that:

Greece : EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart : the Greek authorities submitted application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart on 5 February 2014, within 12 weeks of the date on which the intervention criteria set out in Regulation were met. The deadline of 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application within which the Commission should complete its assessment of the application's compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution expires on 25 June 2014.

In order to establish the link between the redundancies and cessations of activity and the global financial and economic crisis addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009, Greece argues that the Greek economy is for the sixth consecutive year (2008-2013) in deep recession. According to ELSTAT, the Greek Statistical Authority, since 2008 the Greek GDP has decreased by 25%, public consumption by 21% and private consumption by 32.3% whilst unemployment increased by 20.6%.

Moreover, the decline in GDP has widened the gap between the Greek per capita GDP and the per capita GDP of the EU, cancelling the progress towards economic convergence made by Greece in the 1995-2007 period.

Background to request from Greece : the Greek authorities submitted the application under the intervention criterion of Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation, which requires at least 500 workers being made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing, over a reference period of four months, in an enterprise in a Member State, including workers made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing in its suppliers and downstream producers.

The reference period of four months is from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013.

The application relates to 508 workers made redundant in Nutriart S.A. ('the primary enterprise') and 25 providers and downstream producers: AR.ZIGAS & SIA and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise. The primary enterprise operated in the economic sector classified under NACE Rev. 24 division 10 'Manufacture of food products'. The enterprises concerned are located in the NUTS5 level 2 regions of Central Macedonia (EL12) and Attica (EL30).

On the basis of the application from Greece, the proposed contribution from the EGF to the coordinated package of personalised services is EUR 6 096 000 .

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: having examined the application in respect of the conditions set out in Article 13(1) of the EGF Regulation, and having taken into account the number of targeted beneficiaries, the proposed actions and the estimated costs, the Commission proposes to mobilise the EGF for the amount of EUR 6 096 000 , representing 60 % of the total costs of the proposed actions, in order to provide a financial contribution for the application.

The proposed decision to mobilise the EGF will be taken jointly by the European Parliament and the Council, as laid down in point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

At the same time as it presents this proposal for a decision to mobilise the EGF, the Commission will present to the European Parliament and to the Council a proposal for a transfer to the relevant budgetary line for the amount of EUR 6 096 000.

It will also adopt a decision on a financial contribution, by means of an implementing act, which will enter into force on the date at which the European Parliament and the Council adopt the proposed decision to mobilise the EGF.

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Votes

A8-0004/2014 - Georgios Kyrtsos - Vote unique

2014/09/17 Outcome: +: 624, -: 69, 0: 11
IT FR DE ES PL RO PT EL HU BE AT NL BG CZ LT HR IE FI SE SI SK LV EE LU CY MT DK GB
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72
73
90
49
50
29
20
20
20
19
18
26
15
21
10
11
9
12
15
8
13
8
6
6
6
6
12
59
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3

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Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

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1

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1

Latvia S&D

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Estonia S&D

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1

Cyprus S&D

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Netherlands GUE/NGL

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1

Lithuania EFDD

1

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1
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Greece ECR

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1

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2

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2

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Slovakia ECR

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AmendmentsDossier
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2014/09/04 BUDG 15 amendments...
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  • date: 2014-06-24T00:00:00 type: Non-legislative basic document published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2014&nu_doc=0376 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2014)0376 summary: PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to assist Greece following redundancies in the food industry. PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. CONTENT: Article 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 allows for the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) within the annual ceiling of EUR 150 million (2011 prices) over and above the relevant headings of the financial framework. The rules applicable to financial contributions from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) are laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 . In this context, the Commission examined the request for mobilisation of the EGF with a view to assisting Greece and stated that: Greece : EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart : the Greek authorities submitted application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart on 5 February 2014, within 12 weeks of the date on which the intervention criteria set out in Regulation were met. The deadline of 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application within which the Commission should complete its assessment of the application's compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution expires on 25 June 2014. In order to establish the link between the redundancies and cessations of activity and the global financial and economic crisis addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009, Greece argues that the Greek economy is for the sixth consecutive year (2008-2013) in deep recession. According to ELSTAT, the Greek Statistical Authority, since 2008 the Greek GDP has decreased by 25%, public consumption by 21% and private consumption by 32.3% whilst unemployment increased by 20.6%. Moreover, the decline in GDP has widened the gap between the Greek per capita GDP and the per capita GDP of the EU, cancelling the progress towards economic convergence made by Greece in the 1995-2007 period. Background to request from Greece : the Greek authorities submitted the application under the intervention criterion of Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation, which requires at least 500 workers being made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing, over a reference period of four months, in an enterprise in a Member State, including workers made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing in its suppliers and downstream producers. The reference period of four months is from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. The application relates to 508 workers made redundant in Nutriart S.A. ('the primary enterprise') and 25 providers and downstream producers: AR.ZIGAS & SIA and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise. The primary enterprise operated in the economic sector classified under NACE Rev. 24 division 10 'Manufacture of food products'. The enterprises concerned are located in the NUTS5 level 2 regions of Central Macedonia (EL12) and Attica (EL30). On the basis of the application from Greece, the proposed contribution from the EGF to the coordinated package of personalised services is EUR 6 096 000 . BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: having examined the application in respect of the conditions set out in Article 13(1) of the EGF Regulation, and having taken into account the number of targeted beneficiaries, the proposed actions and the estimated costs, the Commission proposes to mobilise the EGF for the amount of EUR 6 096 000 , representing 60 % of the total costs of the proposed actions, in order to provide a financial contribution for the application. The proposed decision to mobilise the EGF will be taken jointly by the European Parliament and the Council, as laid down in point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management. At the same time as it presents this proposal for a decision to mobilise the EGF, the Commission will present to the European Parliament and to the Council a proposal for a transfer to the relevant budgetary line for the amount of EUR 6 096 000. It will also adopt a decision on a financial contribution, by means of an implementing act, which will enter into force on the date at which the European Parliament and the Council adopt the proposed decision to mobilise the EGF.
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  • date: 2014-09-12T00:00:00 type: Budgetary report tabled for plenary, 1st reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2014-0004&language=EN title: A8-0004/2014 summary: The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Georgios KYRTSOS (EPP, EL) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry. Members recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Members asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation. Redundancies : Members considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. They noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions. They welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014. Package of personalised services : Members noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. They welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF. Members stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. They reiterated their call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur. New EGF : the committee appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application. It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements. Members also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to: reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion; increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures; increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval; widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and finance incentives for setting up own businesses.
  • date: 2014-09-17T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=24705&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2014-09-17T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2014-0017 title: T8-0017/2014 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 69, 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, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry. The resolution recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Parliament asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation. Redundancies : Parliament considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. It noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions. Parliament welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014. Package of personalised services : it noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. Parliament welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF. It stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. It reiterated its call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur. Targeted workers : Parliament welcomed the fact that, in addition to 508 redundant workers, the Greek authorities will provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF to up to 505 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 30 which brings the total number of targeted beneficiaries to participate in the measures to 1 013. It noted that the maximum eligible amount of EUR 15 000 will be granted to 150 selected workers and NEETs as a contribution to setting up their own businesses. New EGF : Parliament appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application. It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements. Parliament also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to: reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion; increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures; increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval; widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and finance incentives for setting up own businesses.
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  • PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in respect of redundancies in the food industry in Greece.

    NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision 2014/698/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with Point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart from Greece).

    CONTENT: with this Decision, the European Parliament and the Council have decided to mobilise the EGF for an amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in the framework of the 2014 general budget of the European Union.

    This amount shall assist Greece following redundancies in the enterprise Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers: AR.ZIGAS & SIA as well 24 self-employed people.

    Given that this application complies with the requirements for determining the financial contributions as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 (MFF Regulation 2014-2020), the European Parliament and Council have decided to grant the abovementioned amount.

    Furthermore, Greece has decided to provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF also to young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), as is authorised by the EGF Regulation 2014-2020.

    To recall, the EGF was established 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 addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009, or as a result of a new global financial and economic crisis and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

    Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 provides that the EGF shall not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million.

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  • The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Georgios KYRTSOS (EPP, EL) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry.

    Members recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Members asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation.

    Redundancies: Members considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. They noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions.

    They welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014.

    Package of personalised services: Members noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. They welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF.

    Members stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. They reiterated their call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur.

    New EGF: the committee appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application.

    It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements.

    Members also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to:

    • reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion;
    • increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures;
    • increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval;
    • widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and
    • finance incentives for setting up own businesses.
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 69, 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, providing a total amount of EUR 6 096 000 in commitment and payment appropriations in order to assist Greece which is facing redundancies in the food industry.

    The resolution recalled that the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market. Greece submitted its application for a financial contribution from the EGF, following redundancies in Nutriart S.A and 25 providers and downstream producers and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise in Greece with 508 workers targeted for EGF co-funded measures, during the reference period from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013. Parliament asked the institutions to speed up mobilisation of the Fund for the amount requested, agreeing with the Commission that the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation are met and that, therefore, Greece is entitled to a financial contribution under that Regulation.

    Redundancies: Parliament considered that the redundancies were linked to global financial and economic crisis, referring to the fact that the Greek economy has experienced a cumulative fall of 5% in its GDP since 2008 and despite the fact that it slowly emerges out of recession it is still unable to create new job opportunities and reduce the unemployment rate which is at a historical record of 26-27% of the working population. It noted that these events giving rise to the redundancies were related to: (i) the decrease of available household income that affected in a very negative way the consumption of a different range of products ― (due to the increase in the tax burden, decreasing salaries of both private and public employees and rising unemployment) ― resulting in a huge drop of purchasing power; (ii) the delayed payments by most of the Nutriart’s clients; and (iii) the drastic reduction of loans to enterprises and individuals due to the effort of the Greek banking system to reduce its outstanding loans. Members stressed that the 508 redundancies will further aggravate the unemployment situation in Attica and Central Macedonia regions.

    Parliament welcomed the fact that the Greek authorities decided to initiate the implementation of the personalised services to the affected workers on 30 April 2014.

    Package of personalised services: it noted that that the coordinated package of personalised services to be co-funded includes measures for workers made redundant, self-employed persons whose activity has ceased and NEETs such as occupational guidance, training, retraining and vocational training, counselling services towards entrepreneurship, contribution to business start-up, job-search allowances and mobility allowances. Parliament welcomed the fact that for the first time self-employed persons are included in co-funding of the EGF.

    It stressed that the Greek authorities confirm that the eligible actions do not receive assistance from other Union financial instruments. It reiterated its call to the Commission that no duplication of Union-funded services should occur.

    Targeted workers: Parliament welcomed the fact that, in addition to 508 redundant workers, the Greek authorities will provide personalised services co-financed by the EGF to up to 505 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 30 which brings the total number of targeted beneficiaries to participate in the measures to 1 013. It noted that the maximum eligible amount of EUR 15 000 will be granted to 150 selected workers and NEETs as a contribution to setting up their own businesses.

    New EGF: Parliament appreciated the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request for the accelerated release of grants. It noted that the Commission finalised the assessment of the application’s compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution within 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application.

    It stressed that, in accordance with the EGF Regulation, the assistance provided should not replace actions, which were the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements.

    Parliament also welcomed the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which reflected the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to:

    • reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion;
    • increase Union financial contribution to 60% of the total estimated cost of proposed measures;
    • increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening time for assessment and approval;
    • widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and
    • finance incentives for setting up own businesses.
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PURPOSE: to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to assist Greece following redundancies in the food industry.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

CONTENT: Article 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 allows for the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) within the annual ceiling of EUR 150 million (2011 prices) over and above the relevant headings of the financial framework.

The rules applicable to financial contributions from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) are laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006.

In this context, the Commission examined the request for mobilisation of the EGF with a view to assisting Greece and stated that:

Greece: EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart: the Greek authorities submitted application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart on 5 February 2014, within 12 weeks of the date on which the intervention criteria set out in Regulation were met. The deadline of 12 weeks of the receipt of the complete application within which the Commission should complete its assessment of the application's compliance with the conditions for providing a financial contribution expires on 25 June 2014.

In order to establish the link between the redundancies and cessations of activity and the global financial and economic crisis addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009, Greece argues that the Greek economy is for the sixth consecutive year (2008-2013) in deep recession. According to ELSTAT, the Greek Statistical Authority, since 2008 the Greek GDP has decreased by 25%, public consumption by 21% and private consumption by 32.3% whilst unemployment increased by 20.6%.

Moreover, the decline in GDP has widened the gap between the Greek per capita GDP and the per capita GDP of the EU, cancelling the progress towards economic convergence made by Greece in the 1995-2007 period.

Background to request from Greece: the Greek authorities submitted the application under the intervention criterion of Article 4(1)(a) of the EGF Regulation, which requires at least 500 workers being made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing, over a reference period of four months, in an enterprise in a Member State, including workers made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceasing in its suppliers and downstream producers.

The reference period of four months is from 16 July 2013 to 16 November 2013.

The application relates to 508 workers made redundant in Nutriart S.A. ('the primary enterprise') and 25 providers and downstream producers: AR.ZIGAS & SIA and 24 self-employed people whose activity ceased and was dependent on the primary enterprise. The primary enterprise operated in the economic sector classified under NACE Rev. 24 division 10 'Manufacture of food products'. The enterprises concerned are located in the NUTS5 level 2 regions of Central Macedonia (EL12) and Attica (EL30).

On the basis of the application from Greece, the proposed contribution from the EGF to the coordinated package of personalised services is EUR 6 096 000.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: having examined the application in respect of the conditions set out in Article 13(1) of the EGF Regulation, and having taken into account the number of targeted beneficiaries, the proposed actions and the estimated costs, the Commission proposes to mobilise the EGF for the amount of EUR 6 096 000, representing 60 % of the total costs of the proposed actions, in order to provide a financial contribution for the application.

The proposed decision to mobilise the EGF will be taken jointly by the European Parliament and the Council, as laid down in point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

At the same time as it presents this proposal for a decision to mobilise the EGF, the Commission will present to the European Parliament and to the Council a proposal for a transfer to the relevant budgetary line for the amount of EUR 6 096 000.

It will also adopt a decision on a financial contribution, by means of an implementing act, which will enter into force on the date at which the European Parliament and the Council adopt the proposed decision to mobilise the EGF.

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  • date: 2014-06-24T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2014&nu_doc=0376 celexid: CELEX:52014PC0376:EN type: Non-legislative basic document published title: COM(2014)0376 body: EC type: Non-legislative basic document published commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/budget/ title: Budget Commissioner: LEWANDOWSKI Janusz
  • date: 2014-07-03T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Regional Development committee: REGI
  • date: 2014-09-16T00:00:00 body: EP type: Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
committees
  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Regional Development committee: REGI
links
other
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/budget/ title: Budget commissioner: LEWANDOWSKI Janusz
procedure
reference
2014/2042(BUD)
title
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: redundancies in the food industry in Greece
geographical_area
Greece
stage_reached
Preparatory phase in Parliament
subtype
Mobilisation of funds
type
BUD - Budgetary procedure
subject