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EU aid to redundant workers should continue after 2014

EU aid to redundant workers would continue in 2014-2020, and could also go to additional categories of workers, such as the self-employed (including farmers) and those on temporary contracts, under legislative amendments voted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

The legislation, which would renew the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, is currently opposed by a blocking minority in the Council of Ministers.

MEPs backed the Commission proposal to extend the EGF's scope to include workers with fixed-term contracts, temporary agency workers and owner-managers of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed (including farmers).

However, unlike the Commission, they did not favour earmarking a specific share of EGF aid for farmers. Redundant workers should have equal access to the EGF independently of their type of employment contract, they said.

The next steps will be decided after the extraordinary summit of 22nd and 23rd November 2012 on the long-term budget for 2014-2020.

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