Commission proposes to provide €13.1 million from Globalisation Fund for former workers of the car manufacturer Ford in Belgium and Opel in Germany

The European Commission has proposed to provide Belgium with €6.2 million and Germany with €6.9 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 4,500 former workers from Ford in Belgium and 2,692 former workers of Opel in Germany. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen commented: “The impact of the global economic and financial crisis on demand for cars, especially in some segments, still exerts its consequences on employment in the motor industry”. She added “Many workers are experiencing hardship and EU solidarity to helping them to manage these difficult transitions is therefore important. The €13.1 million we have proposed would help these redundant workers from the car manufacturing industry to adapt their skills and facilitate their transition to a new job”. For more information see press release in EN/DE/FR/NL on Ford in Belgium and press release in EN/DE/FR on Opel in Germany