Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

EU Funding

12:00 pm

Photo of John DeasyJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael)
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Question 79: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has prepared a plan for submission to the European Commission for funding under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to provide assistance to persons affected by redundancies, past and present, from a company (details supplied) in County Waterford; when the plan will be submitted to the EC; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44394/09]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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An application for co-funded assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) towards the costs of a personalized package of occupational guidance, training, employment, entrepreneurship and educational measures for workers made redundant at the Waterford Crystal plant in Kilbarry, Waterford and at ancillary enterprises, was submitted by my Department to the European Commission on 25 September 2009.

The EGF application is currently being processed by the European Commission. As all such applications must be approved through the co-decision procedures that involves consultations between the European Commission, Parliament and Council, a decision is not expected until sometime in the New Year.

In the interim, FÁS and other relevant bodies such as Enterprise Ireland, City and County Enterprise Boards and the local Vocational Education Committees continue to make their full range of employment, training, guidance and advisory services available to the redundant workers concerned.


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