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5,955 Italian textile workers to get help from EU Globalisation Fund
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Sep '08
The European Commission has approved four applications from Italy for assistance under the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF).

The Commission will now make a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council to mobilise the budgetary resources. The funding will help almost 6,000 workers in the textiles sector back into employment. The applications – for a total of €35,158,075 – concern workers made redundant in a large number of mainly small enterprises in four different Italian regions: Sardinia, Piedmont, Lombardy and Tuscany.

"These applications go to show that the Fund benefits workers from small and medium sized enterprises as well as those from large companies," said European Employment Commissioner Vladimír Špidla.

"Globalised trade and production bring growth and employment for most of us, but some can also be negatively affected. These workers fall into the second category, and I'm pleased that we have been able to recommend the Italian applications to the Parliament and to the Council."

For their approval by the Commission, the four Italian applications were grouped together as they all relate to the textile industry. The application from Sardinia concerns 1,044 dismissals in five different textile companies; the application for Piedmont concerns 1,537 redundancies in 202 companies; the application for Lombardy concerns 1,816 redundancies in 190 companies and the application for Tuscany concerns 1,558 redundancies in 461 companies.

The redundancies follow radical changes in worldwide textile production. Large scale restructuring in the European textiles and clothing industry began in the 1990s. The Italian redundancies follow the general shift of clothing and accessories production in the European Union towards lower-cost non-EU countries.

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