EMPLOYMENT: EU FUNDS TO IRELAND TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
(Sir Europe – Brussels) – The crisis is still taking its toll on European companies and EU-wide employment. So, the EU Commission decided to take action today by granting 2.7 million euros to Ireland to deal with the dismissal of 592 people from Talk Talk Broadband Services and from three of its partners. Such funds come from the European Fund for adjustment to globalisation that was specifically created by the EU-27 to face the crisis of employment and has often been used in recent times. Now, the EU Commission’s plan will be submitted to the EU Parliament and the EU Council that will have to take a joint decision about such allocation. Employment and Welfare Commissioner Laszlo Andor speaks of an “action designed to renew these people’s professional skills” so as to “help them find a new job”. Actually such funds, which will add up to as many allocated by Dublin, will be spent in vocational courses, education and in support of self-employment. Talk Talk decided to close down its Waterford call centre and concentrate its operations in the United Kingdom.