The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established in December 2006 to support workers made redundant as a result of major changes in global trade patterns to assist them back into employment as soon as possible. The EGF does not cover all redundant workers. Members states can generally only make applications for EGF assistance in cases were at least 500 workers are made redundant in a single company over a four month period or in a particular sector of economic activity over a nine month period. The scope of the EGF covers education and training programmes, career advice and guidance, and enterprise supports. EGF programme supports may only be provided within a 24 month period starting from the date of submission of an EGF application.
For information on the Regulations establishing the EGF and governing its operations click here.
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 Dell, Waterford Crystal, SR Technics (all in 2009), Talk Talk (2011), Andersen Ireland, Lufthansa 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.
At end 2015, 4 of the 6 company-specific EGF programmes and all 3 of the sectoral EGF programmes were closed. 3 programmes (Andersen Ireland, Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland and PWA International) are currently operational and will run until May 2016, September 2016 and June 2017 respectively.
EGF Management and Operations
The Department of Education and Skills is the Managing Authority for the EGF in Ireland. It is responsible for preparing and submitting applications to the EGF, overseeing the role-out of supports to eligible workers, preparing interim programme implementation reports and reporting to the European Commission on services and programmes supported by the EGF including the submission of the EGF final report for each respective programme.
The EGF Certifying Authority is also located in the Department of Education and Skills. Its role centres on ensuring that expenditure on EGF supported services and programmes is accurate, complies with European and national regulations, and is in line with EGF criteria.
The SOLAS EGF Coordination Unit coordinates the implementation of EGF programmes on the ground which entails initial meet and greet with EGF clients, 1-to-1 guidance and orientation sessions, onwards referral to service providers, monitoring of service provision, processing of certain EGF measures such as the Course Expense Contribution (CEC), promotion of the EGF programmme including holding of information/publicity events and provision of statistical data and other assistance to the EGF Managing Authority.
The EGF Intermediate Body is the Structural Funds Unit of the Department of Education and Skills. The Intermediate Body carries out on-the-spot and desk checks of EGF measure delivery, EGF management and financial control systems in place at service providers and expenditure claims/declarations received.
EGF Service Providers such as Education and Training Boards, higher educational institutions and Local Enterprise Offices also provide a range of educational, training and enterprise supports under EGF programmes. See the Links section for further information on the specific bodies concerned.