Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Question 142: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will apply for funding from the EU globalisation adjustment fund in order to support the retraining of workers who are losing their jobs in a company (details supplied); the estimated timeframe within which she expects to have an application made to the EU Commission; the amount she expects to apply for; the expected timeframe of a decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7769/09]
Funding is available from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for the retraining of workers in EU Member States made redundant as a result of changing global trade patterns. Strict eligibility criteria apply to the making of applications under the Fund. My Department is considering whether these criteria may be met at the company referred to so as to facilitate the making of an application in due course for co-financing under the Fund to assist workers to be made redundant there.
Notwithstanding the position in relation to the making and timing of any potential application to the European Commission for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund assistance, FÁS has been at the forefront in providing intervention and support to employees who have been made redundant or who are facing redundancy. FÁS is currently in contact with the company management to discuss the services available from FÁS and the potential needs of the employees. Each response will be tailored on a case-by-case basis. FÁS Services to Business Unit will also be involved in these consultations and a judgment will be made in relation to the level of FÁS intervention required.