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2018/0202(COD) European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) 2021–2027

Progress: Awaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL ARENA Maria (icon: S&D S&D) VANDENKENDELAERE Tom (icon: PPE PPE), GERICKE Arne (icon: ECR ECR), HARKIN Marian (icon: ALDE ALDE), PIMENTA LOPES João (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), VANA Monika (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), AGEA Laura (icon: EFDD EFDD), BIZZOTTO Mara (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion INTA GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion BUDG DOS SANTOS Manuel (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion CONT PARGNEAUX Gilles (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion ENVI
Committee Opinion REGI DEUTSCH Tamás (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion AGRI
Committee Opinion FEMM BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ Vilija (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 175-p3

Events

2019/04/26
   SE_PARLIAMENT - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2019/03/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
2019/02/27
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/01/16
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2019/01/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 570 votes to 103, with 14 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows.

Mission and objectives.

The new funds, re-named the European Fund for Transition (EFT) shall aim to support socio-economic transformations that are the result of globalisation and of technological and environmental changes by helping displaced workers through the promotion of alternative, sustainable employment. Members specified that the EFT should be an emergency fund that operates reactively and contributes to a just transition.

The general objective of the programme is to demonstrate solidarity with and offer financial support for re-employment measures with regard to displaced workers regardless of the type or duration of their employment relationship and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased in the course of unexpected major restructuring events resulting from globalisation , such as:

- changes in world trade patterns;

- trade disputes;

- financial or economic crises;

- the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU;

- the transition to a low-carbon economy or

- as a consequence of digitisation, automatisation and technological change.

Particular emphasis shall be placed on measures that help the most disadvantaged groups and on the promotion of gender equality.

Intervention criteria

The European Commission is proposing to lower the threshold of displaced jobs from 500 to 250 for a reference period of 4 months (or 6 months in sectoral cases). Members proposed a threshold of 200 jobs for a reference period of 6 months (or 9 months in sectoral cases).

Eligible beneficiaries

Parliament suggested that applicant Member States may provide personalised services co-financed by the EFT to up to a number of NEETs (persons without employment and not in education or training) under 25 years of age, equal to the number of targeted beneficiaries, as a priority to persons made redundant or whose activity has ceased, provided that at least some of the redundancies occur in NUTS 2 level regions.

Eligible measures

Members stated that financial contributions from the EFT should be primarily directed at active labour market measures and personalised services aimed at:

- reintegrating beneficiaries rapidly into quality and sustainable employment in a future-oriented sector, whether within or outside their initial sector of activity;

- seek to promote self-employment and enterprise creation, including through the establishment of cooperatives.

The financial contributions should complement and not replace any measures that are the responsibility of Member States and/or companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements. The costs of the measures shall not exceed 35 % of the total costs for the coordinated package of personalised services.

The coordinated package should be compatible with the shift towards a climate-friendly and resource-efficient economy. It may include special time-limited measures, such as job-search allowances, mobility allowances, childcare allowances and employers’ recruitment incentives including incentives to provide flexible working arrangements for displaced workers.

Particular emphasis should be placed on disseminating the skills required in the digital age and, where appropriate, combating gender stereotypes in the world of work.

Technical assistance

The Commission should facilitate access to national and regional authorities through a dedicated helpdesk that would provide general information and explanations on procedures and on how to submit an application. That helpdesk should make available standard forms for statistics and further analysis.

The Commission should, in particular, promote the dissemination of existing best practice, raise awareness of the EFT’s eligibility criteria and application procedures and do more to raise awareness of the EFT among Union citizens, in particular workers. Member States should ensure effective communication actions to promote FET financial contributions.

Procedure

The decision to mobilise the EFT shall be taken jointly by the European Parliament and the Council within one month of the submission of the proposal to them. The Council shall act by a qualified majority and the European Parliament shall act by a majority of its component members and three fifths of the votes cast.

Documents
2019/01/15
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2019/01/15
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/12/12
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/12/07
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Maria Arena (S&D, BE) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

The committee recommended that the position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amend the Commission proposal as follows.

Mission and objectives.

The new funds, re-named the European Fund for Transition (EFT) shall aim to support socio-economic transformations that are the result of globalisation and of technological and environmental changes by helping displaced workers through the promotion of alternative, sustainable employment. Members specified that the EFT should be an emergency fund that operates reactively and contributes to a just transition.

The general objective of the programme is to demonstrate solidarity with and offer financial support for re-employment measures with regard to displaced workers regardless of the type or duration of their employment relationship and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased in the course of unexpected major restructuring events resulting from globalisation , such as:

- changes in world trade patterns;

- trade disputes;

- financial or economic crises;

- the transition to a low-carbon economy or

- as a consequence of digitisation, automatisation and technological change.

Particular emphasis shall be placed on measures that help the most disadvantaged groups and on the promotion of gender equality.

Intervention criteria

The European Commission is proposing to lower the threshold of displaced jobs from 500 to 250 for a reference period of 4 months (or 6 months in sectoral cases). Members proposed a threshold of 200 jobs for a reference period of 6 months (or 9 months in sectoral cases).

Eligible beneficiaries

Members recalled that in the period between March 2007 and March 2017, the Commission received 148 applications for co-financing from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) from 21 Member States, for a total of almost EUR 600 million to help 138 888 displaced workers and 2 944 people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

Accordingly, they suggested that applicant Member States may provide personalised services co-financed by the EFT to up to a number of NEETs under the age of 25 , or where Member States so decide under the age of 30, on the date of submission of the application, equal to the number of targeted beneficiaries, as a priority to persons made redundant or whose activity has ceased, provided that at least some of the redundancies occur in NUTS 2 level regions.

Eligible measures.

Members stated that financial contributions from the EFT should be primarily directed at active labour market measures and personalised services aimed at:

- reintegrating beneficiaries rapidly into quality and sustainable employment in a future-oriented sector, whether within or outside their initial sector of activity;

- seek to promote self-employment and enterprise creation, including through the establishment of cooperatives.

The financial contributions should complement and not replace any measures that are the responsibility of Member States and/or companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements. The coordinated package should be compatible with the shift towards a climate-friendly and resource-efficient economy.

Technical assistance .

The Commission should facilitate access to national and regional authorities through a dedicated helpdesk that would provide general information and explanations on procedures and on how to submit an application. That helpdesk should make available standard forms for statistics and further analysis.

The Commission should, in particular, promote the dissemination of existing best practice, raise awareness of the EFT’s eligibility criteria and application procedures and do more to raise awareness of the EFT among Union citizens, in particular workers. Member States should ensure effective communication actions to promote FET financial contributions.

Procedure .

The decision to mobilise the EFT shall be taken jointly by the European Parliament and the Council within one month of the submission of the proposal to them. The Council shall act by a qualified majority and the European Parliament shall act by a majority of its component members and three fifths of the votes cast.

Documents
2018/12/05
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
Documents
2018/11/27
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/11/26
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/11/16
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/07
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/10/26
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/10/15
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/09/18
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/09/10
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/09/06
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2018/08/29
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/07/23
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/07/23
   ES_CONGRESS - Contribution
Documents
2018/07/11
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/28
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/20
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/20
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/31
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/05/30
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/05/30
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to ensure the continuation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

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

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) - initially established for the programming period 2007-2013 - is a concrete expression of EU solidarity with European workers who lost their jobs .

It was set up to provide support to workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns caused by globalisation and whose redundancies have a significant adverse impact on the regional or local economy.

Union involvement through the EGF complements national measures in order to re-integrate dismissed workers by offering them a unique combination of tailored measures that lead to more sustainable results, increase the self-esteem of beneficiaries, who finally have a more proactive approach to job seeking, and improve their employability.

Experience achieved so far with the EGF indicates that the help offered would not have been available without the involvement of the EGF.

For the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, the scope of the EGF has been extended by Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which has to be revised by the end of 2020.

The prime objective of this proposal is to ensure that the EGF continues to operate beyond 31 December 2020 , to enlarge its objective offer and to amend some technical details in order to have more coherence and synergies, flexibility, focus on performance, and simplification.

IMPACT ANALYSIS: the most important finding regarding the EGF is that as an emergency assistance fund, the EGF should remain outside the budgetary ceilings of the multiannual financial framework .

CONTENT: the proposed Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States – seeks to establish the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) . It lays down the objectives of the EGF, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding, including applications by the Member States for financial contributions from the EGF for measures targeting the eligible beneficiaries.

Mission and objectives of the EGF : it is proposed to explicitly include in the mission the role played by the EGF in contributing to the implementation of the principles defined under the European Pillar of Social Rights . In addition, the specific objective of the EGF is to offer assistance in case of unexpected major restructuring events, particularly those caused by globalisation-related challenges, such as:

changes in world trade patterns; trade disputes; financial or economic crises; the transition to low-carbon economy; or as a consequence of digitisation or automation.

Particular emphasis shall lie on measures that help the most disadvantaged groups .

Intervention criteria : the Commission proposes to lower the threshold of displaced workers for a case to be eligible, from 500 to 250 within a reference period of four months (or 6 months in sectoral cases) . This is because there is a general trend of fewer very large scale redundancies and because the dismissal of 250 workers usually has a significant impact in most regions. This is also to acknowledge the fact that in many Member States, most workers are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A new provision has been added allowing Member States to apply for EGF assistance if redundancies occur in the same region but in different economic sectors.

Eligible measures : as a change to the current Regulation, the inclusion of the dissemination of skills required in the digital age shall be a mandatory horizontal element of any coordinated package of personalised services offered. The proposed measures shall be based on the personal needs and qualifications of the beneficiary.

Technical assistance from the Commission : this assistance shall support any measures necessary to implement the proposed Regulation. This amount could reach up to 0.5 % of the annual maximum amount of the EGF . This is higher than in the current programming period. This shall also include additional measures to increase networking and the exchange of good practice between Member States.

Amount of financial contribution : the Fund's co-financing rate which currently stands at 60%, will be aligned with the highest ESF+ co-financing rates for a given Member State . In several cases this would mean that the EU co-finances a higher share of the total cost.

Eligibility period : the standard period for the implementation of EGF measures shall remain at 24 months. However, the proposal stipulates that the 24-month period shall be counted from the time the decision to mobilise the EGF is adopted and not from the date of application for EGF support.

Funding allocated to the EGF : the EGF is not included in the budgetary ceilings of the multiannual financial framework. The maximum amount that can be used by the EGF for the period 2021-2027 is estimated at EUR 1.57 billion (in current prices), or an average of EUR 225 million per year .

Documents

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Votes

A8-0445/2018 - Maria Arena - Am 96

2019/01/16 Outcome: -: 354, +: 291, 0: 38
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A8-0445/2018 - Maria Arena - Proposition de la Commission

2019/01/16 Outcome: +: 570, -: 103, 0: 14
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AmendmentsDossier
439 2018/0202(COD)
2018/09/13 BUDG 9 amendments...
source: 626.918
2018/09/18 EMPL 190 amendments...
source: 626.996
2018/09/27 INTA 11 amendments...
source: 628.436
2018/10/04 REGI 133 amendments...
source: 628.484
2018/10/23 CONT 61 amendments...
source: 628.718
2018/11/26 EMPL 35 amendments...
source: 627.942

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      • PURPOSE: to ensure the continuation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

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

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

        BACKGROUND: the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) - initially established for the programming period 2007-2013 - is a concrete expression of EU solidarity with European workers who lost their jobs.

        It was set up to provide support to workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns caused by globalisation and whose redundancies have a significant adverse impact on the regional or local economy.

        Union involvement through the EGF complements national measures in order to re-integrate dismissed workers by offering them a unique combination of tailored measures that lead to more sustainable results, increase the self-esteem of beneficiaries, who finally have a more proactive approach to job seeking, and improve their employability.

        Experience achieved so far with the EGF indicates that the help offered would not have been available without the involvement of the EGF.

        For the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, the scope of the EGF has been extended by Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which has to be revised by the end of 2020.

        The prime objective of this proposal is to ensure that the EGF continues to operate beyond 31 December 2020, to enlarge its objective offer and to amend some technical details in order to have more coherence and synergies, flexibility, focus on performance, and simplification.

        IMPACT ANALYSIS: the most important finding regarding the EGF is that as an emergency assistance fund, the EGF should remain outside the budgetary ceilings of the multiannual financial framework.

        CONTENT: the proposed Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States – seeks to establish the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). It lays down the objectives of the EGF, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding, including applications by the Member States for financial contributions from the EGF for measures targeting the eligible beneficiaries.

        Mission and objectives of the EGF: it is proposed to explicitly include in the mission the role played by the EGF in contributing to the implementation of the principles defined under the European Pillar of Social Rights. In addition, the specific objective of the EGF is to offer assistance in case of unexpected major restructuring events, particularly those caused by globalisation-related challenges, such as:

        • changes in world trade patterns;
        • trade disputes;
        • financial or economic crises;
        • the transition to low-carbon economy;
        • or as a consequence of digitisation or automation.

        Particular emphasis shall lie on measures that help the most disadvantaged groups.

        Intervention criteria: the Commission proposes to lower the threshold of displaced workers for a case to be eligible, from 500 to 250 within a reference period of four months (or 6 months in sectoral cases). This is because there is a general trend of fewer very large scale redundancies and because the dismissal of 250 workers usually has a significant impact in most regions. This is also to acknowledge the fact that in many Member States, most workers are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

        A new provision has been added allowing Member States to apply for EGF assistance if redundancies occur in the same region but in different economic sectors.

        Eligible measures: as a change to the current Regulation, the inclusion of the dissemination of skills required in the digital age shall be a mandatory horizontal element of any coordinated package of personalised services offered. The proposed measures shall be based on the personal needs and qualifications of the beneficiary.

        Technical assistance from the Commission: this assistance shall support any measures necessary to implement the proposed Regulation. This amount could reach up to 0.5 % of the annual maximum amount of the EGF. This is higher than in the current programming period. This shall also include additional measures to increase networking and the exchange of good practice between Member States.

        Amount of financial contribution: the Fund's co-financing rate which currently stands at 60%, will be aligned with the highest ESF+ co-financing rates for a given Member State. In several cases this would mean that the EU co-finances a higher share of the total cost.

        Eligibility period: the standard period for the implementation of EGF measures shall remain at 24 months. However, the proposal stipulates that the 24-month period shall be counted from the time the decision to mobilise the EGF is adopted and not from the date of application for EGF support.

        Funding allocated to the EGF: the EGF is not included in the budgetary ceilings of the multiannual financial framework. The maximum amount that can be used by the EGF for the period 2021-2027 is estimated at EUR 1.57 billion (in current prices), or an average of EUR 225 million per year.

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