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Did you know that some 10,200 former workers have been assisted through the European Globalisation
Adjustment Fund (EGF) in Ireland since 2009?

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What is the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund?

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established in December 2006 to support workers made redundant as a result of major changes in global trade patterns to assist them back into employment as soon as possible. The EGF does not cover all redundant workers. Member States can generally only make applications for EGF assistance in cases where at least 500 workers are made redundant in a single company over a four-month period or in a particular sector of economic activity over a nine-month period. The scope of the EGF covers education and training programmes, career advice and guidance, and enterprise supports. EGF programme supports may only be provided within a 24 month period starting from the date of submission of an EGF application.

For information on the Regulations establishing the EGF and governing its operations click here.

The Rules governing the EGF were amended in October 2019 to enable the Fund to support workers made redundant as a result of the likely economic disruptions caused by a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without a withdrawal agreement. Further information is available here.

The EGF in Ireland

Ireland has made 10 successful applications to the EGF.

7 of these applications were submitted on foot of large scale redundancy situations arising from the closure of facilities at DellWaterford CrystalSR Technics (all in 2009), Talk Talk (2011), Andersen IrelandLufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (2014) and PWA International (2015) respectively.

The other 3 applications were sectoral and provided supports for workers who were made redundant between July 2009 and March 2010 in sub-sectors of the construction industry namely:

  • NACE 41 – workers and apprentices previously employed by companies involved in the construction of residential and non-residential buildings;
  • NACE 43 – workers and apprentices previously employed in companies providing a range of trades allied to construction (e.g., plastering, carpentry, painting, roofing etc); and.
  • NACE 71 – workers previously employed in companies providing architectural and engineering services.

At end 2015, 4 of the 6 company-specific EGF programmes and all 3 of the sectoral EGF programmes were closed. 3 programmes (Andersen Ireland, Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland and PWA International) are currently operational and will run until May 2016, September 2016 and June 2017 respectively.