Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mr Gerry BREEN (IE/EPP - ECOS)

20/12/2011   Committee of the Regions (Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels) Room JDE 70

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014 -2020), COM(2011) 608/3 final.

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is an important tool to intervene in cases of significant redundancies in order to avoid long-term unemployment at a time of difficult labour market conditions and is also an important EU mechanism to show solidarity with workers who have lost their jobs. The prime objective of this proposal is to ensure that the EGF continues to operate in the next programming period in line with the basic principles laid down for the MFF 2014 – 2020, which also extended the scope of the EGF to include farmers.

Specifically, the EGF will provide support in cases where workers have been made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns The EGF will also be able to act in the event of unexpected crises leading to a serious disruption of the local, regional or national economy. Such unexpected crises could, for example, include a major recession in important trading partners, a collapse of the financial system comparable to the one that occurred in 2008, a serious energy or primary commodity supply problem, a natural disaster, etc. The EGF will also be available to help farmers adjust to a new market situation resulting from a trade agreement, such as an agreement on agricultural products concluded by the Union.

Whereas regional and local authorities are legally competent on most of the areas covered by the coordinated package of measures for workers covered by the EGF, their potential has not been fully exploited by Member States in the use of the EGF.
The Committee of the Regions considers that there is a need for a rapid intervention mechanism, such as the EGF, to assist at times of unemployment crises. The system however could benefit from more explicit references to local and regional authorities and clarification or adjustment, in terms of governance and implementation.

The Rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Gerry BREEN (IE/EPP), Member of the ECOS Commission of the CoR and Member of Dublin City Council and Dublin Regional Authority, together with his expert Mr Robert Collins, would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

The consultation will take place on:

Tuesday 20 December, 11h00 – 13h00
At the premises of the Committee of the Regions
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 70

The consultation, to be held in English, will focus on the points raised by the attached discussion paper. A list of targeted questions is included in the provisional meeting agenda.

The Rapporteur would be very keen to discuss his viewpoints with you. In addition, if you have any additional position papers touching upon the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by email.

For more information, please contact our team:


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