The European Commission has proposed providing Austria with €3.9 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 270 workers made redundant by Austria Tabak GmbH and by 14 suppliers and downstream producers. The bulk of this fund will be used to help reintegrate these farmers back into the labour market.

The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for approval.

The package is designed to help these workers by offering them career advice, job search assistance, job mentoring, various types of training and qualification measures, including vocational training in higher technical and vocational schools. The programme includes internships in enterprises, practical on-the-job training, intensive support for workers aged over 50, as well as subsistence allowances during the training and active job search.

The total estimated cost of the package is approximately €6 million, of which the EGF would provide €3.9 million.

- Source: Commission proposes €3.9 million from Globalisation Fund to help former tobacco workers in Austria.


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Last modified on March 16 2013.