The Department of Education and Skills submitted an application on 16 May 2014 for EU co-financing under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to support workers affected by redundancy at Andersen Ireland Ltd.
Andersen Ireland Ltd was a cosmetic jewellery manufacturing plant in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick with a predominantly female 171 strong workforce, which closed in late 2013. Ireland sought and received approval for a programme of labour market supports under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) on the basis of the serious impact the loss of the jobs would have on the employment and the local economy. The 2-year EU co-financed EGF programme ran from May 2014 to May 2016.
In this programme, the Irish authorities availed of a new optional measure available for the 2014-2020 round of EGF funding, which permits those Member States whose youth unemployment rates exceeded 25% to 2012 to assist an equivalent number of young persons as targeted redundant workers within an EGF programme, where the young persons are under 25 years of age and not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
The estimated expenditure under the approved programme was €2.5m, assuming full take-up of all funding, with the EU co-financing 60% (€1.5m) of the expenditure.
Implementation reports on the Andersen Ireland EGF programme can be seen below:
An EGF Consultative Forum was set up to assist in the implementation of the EGF programme. Minutes of Forum meetings can be seen below:
A final report on the EGF programme was submitted by the EGF Managing Authority to the European Commission on 16 November 2016. It is accessible at the link below:
An analysis of the labour market status of the redundant worker and young NEET beneficiaries one year after the end of EGF programme implementation, in May 2017, including a breakdown by gender and occupational category of worker, can be seen below:
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