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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 Fund for Displaced Workers?

Since 2007 the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been assisting member states to provide support to people losing their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation or as a result of the global economic and financial crisis.

For the 2021-27 programming period, the European Globalisation Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF) will continue to provide support for workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased.  The minimum required number of redundancies for an EGF application is reduced from the current threshold of 500 to 200 redundancies.

The 200 redundancies can occur over a four month period in a single company (including suppliers /downstream producers) or in a number of companies, particularly SMEs operating in the same or different economic sectors in a particular NUTS 2 region; or over a six-month period in a number of companies, particularly SMEs operating in a particular economic sector in one or two adjoining NUTS 2 regions.

All reasons for restructuring can be eligible for support.  This includes the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis and larger economic trends such as decarbonisation and automation.  Job losses arising from changing trade patterns or as a consequence of the financial and economic crisis for which workers can currently receive support, also continue to be eligible.

In exceptional circumstances applications can be considered where the number of redundancies is not entirely met, when the redundancies will have a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy.  Cases approved on exceptional circumstances grounds cannot exceed 15% of the maximum annual EGF budget.

Member States must make an EGF application within 12 weeks of the reference period in which the job losses occur. The EGF has a maximum annual budget of €186m for 2021-27 with an EU co-financing rate of 60%, or the ESF+ cofinancing rate applicable to the Member State, if higher.  Approved EGF programmes are of 24 months duration.

The package of measures that can be co-financed by the EGF include personalised active labour market measures targeted at the redundant workers. Measures can include occupational guidance and career planning support; education and training programmes (particularly addressing digital skills) and enterprise and self-employment supports.  The costs of allowances paid to participants and employers’ recruitment incentives cannot exceed 35% of the overall package and cannot replace passive social protection measures.

For information on the current Regulation establishing the EGF and governing its operations click here.  The Regulation for 2021-2027 will be available once it is published in the Official Journal 

More details on the new EGF Regulation are contained in this Factsheet

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.

Over 10,000 former workers were assisted under these Programmes with total expenditure amounting to €65.2m of which €41.55m came from the EGF.  

EGF Applications Across the EU

Details of all applications received since the introduction of the EGF are available here