Thursday, 11 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
86. Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills when applications will be processed in respect of the European globalisation fund for redundant workers of Waterford Crystal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42133/10]
Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Seán Haughey): Since the announcement of redundancies at Waterford Crystal in January 2009, the relevant State agencies and educational institutions have been implementing measures in support of those redundant Waterford Crystal workers and workers in ancillary enterprises. The relevant Irish application seeking co-financing assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was approved by the EU budgetary authority on 14 July 2010.
With the assistance of EGF co-financing, occupational guidance, training, entrepreneurship and education measures have been delivered to over 480 EGF-eligible clients to date. In July 2010, an EGF Coordination Unit was established in Waterford City to coordinate the delivery of services to all EGF-eligible clients. Applications for appropriate EGF supports continue to be invited and processed for all EGF-eligible clients.
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