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Sinn Féin welcomes report calling for greater transparency around EGF funding

22 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Speaking this evening Sinn Fein MEP for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, said she was happy that a vote had passed calling for greater transparency, a more simplified process, and increased scope of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), a European Commission programme that provides training and employment supports to redundant workers.

MEP Boylan said:

“It is always a welcoming sight to see a report that calls for increased transparency in any area of the European Union. Indeed, this report is even more welcoming because it calls for increased transparency around EGF funding, something which the previous Irish government failed to provide.

“Last year it took Freedom of Information requests to uncover that over €25m of funding provided by the Commission to previous Irish governments had been returned returned unspent.

“The report was also important in its call for a simplification of the application process for EGF funding for redundant workers. Oftentimes the rigorous EGF application process causes applications from Member States to not be accepted, or for applications to be held up.  In such cases it is the redundant workers who suffer, therefore, it is important that there has been consensus that these issues need to be addressed.

“Furthermore, it was also welcoming to see the inclusion of two particularly important amendments which I tabled calling for EGF funding to continue to be used to target young people not in education, employment, or training, and also acknowledgement that strong local lead agencies are in the best position to identify the young people who would most benefit from this funding.

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