Crisis: EU OK's 25.3 mln euros to aid laid-off workers

In France, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Sweden

19 December, 19:23

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 - The European Commission on Wednesday green-lit the disbursement of 25.3 million euros from the European Globalization Fund to get hundreds of laid-off workers in France, Ireland, Holland, Spain, and Sweden back on their feet.

The largest slice of the pie, or 11.9 million euros, goes to 2,089 former PSA Peugeot-Citroen employees in France. Another 4.3 million euros go to former employees of Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, 2.8 million euros will aid 435 laid-off construction workers in Holland, and 2.6 million are slated for 432 former employees of Irish wide-band service provider Talk Talk. In Spain, laid-off metalworkers from 35 providers of naval components will get 2 million euros, while 1.4 million euros go to 616 former employees of Zalco Aluminum Zeeland Company NV, in Holland. The European Globalization Fund ''is an efficient instrument to support workers who are laid off following global market changes, proving its value in times of crisis,'' said EU Labor Commissioner Laszlo Andor, who called on member states to make sure ''the fund stays available'' in the 2014-2020 EU budget.

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