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EGF Projects in Germany

March 20, 2018

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So far, Germany has successfully submitted ten applications requesting EGF funds totalling about 55 million euros.

The tenth EGF project supports former workers of the car tyres manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH in Philippsburg (Baden-Württemberg), who have lost their jobs when the local plant closed. The EGF helps these workers re-enter the labour market.

To this end, the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and affected unions and employers' organisations joined forces.

Goodyear:

In October 2016 the management announced the closure of the Philippsburg plant for end of December 2017. Since the 1960ies, the plant manufactured car tyres primarily in the B-Segment for smaller vehicles. The redundancies were caused by the negative impact of globalisation. The EU world market share of the production of passenger cars decreased considerably from 2000 to 2015, while it increased significantly in Asia. To this effect, Goodyear experienced a large overcapacity of tyres in the B-segment. Therefor the management decided the permanent closure of the plant in Philippsburg, which has the largest production capacity for tyres in the B segment among Goodyear's European plants.

The EGF project aims at helping the 646 former workers of the car tyres manufacturer to gain ground in the labour market again through skills development, tailored job search and business start-up advisory service.

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The EGF Goodyear project - figures, data, facts

  • Participants: 646
  • Application: 6 October 2017
  • Approval of the application: 14 March 2018
  • Project period: 1 January 2018 – December 2019
  • Funding volume: 3.6 million euros of which 2.1 million are funded from the EGF
  • Project implementation: weitblick - personalpartner GmbH
  • Project content: skills development, peer groups and workshops, job search, business start-up advisory service, follow-up mentoring, etc.

Adam Opel

For the support of 2,637 laid-off workers affected by the closure of the Opel plant in Bochum on 31 December 2014 and for 55 dismissed workers of the supplier Johnson Controls Objekt Bochum GmbH & Co. KG, the EU approved 6.9 million Euro as EGF financial contribution for the funding period from August 2015 to January 2017. The reason for the plant closure was the decline in sales figures for vehicles in Europe due to the economic and financial crisis accompanied by high price pressure, especially in the medium price segment. The transfer company was TÜV Nord Transfer GmbH & Co. During the time span of the project, the former workers of Opel and Johnson Controls had access to individual and personalised active labour market services. Learn more about Adam Opel on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

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aleo solar:

To support the 476 workers laid-off by aleo solar, a photovoltaics company, the EU approved 1.1 million euros in funding from the EGF for a period stretching from September 2014 to October 2015. The redundancies were the result of plant closures at the sites in Prenzlau and Oldenburg. This was partially caused by a drop in prices for PV products resulting from excess production, especially in China. The project was implemented by BOB Transfer GmbH. As many of the participants of the EGF project were 50 or older, special workshops for this target group were organised. In addition, the skills of the workers were developed on the basis of an intensive profiling exercise so that many former workers of the plant were able to find new employment in a similar field. Learn more about aleo solar on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

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First Solar:

To support 875 laid-off workers of another solar company, First Solar in Frankfurt (Oder), the EU granted EGF funding totalling 2.3 million euros. The transfer company TÜV Rheinland successfully concluded the project with an integration rate (e.g. new jobs with mandatory social security coverage or self-employment) of 70 percent twelve months after the project ended. This successful result was only accomplished thanks to targeted further education and training and particularly intensive contacting of prospective employers by the transfer service provider in close cooperation with local employment agencies. The project ran from January 2013 until August 2014. Learn more about First Solar on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

manroland:

In the manroland case, former printing machinery workers from several Bundesländer (federal states) received funding. Brussels provided EGF funding amounting to 5.3 million euros and reaching more than 2,000 former workers. The project ran from August 2012 until May 2013. One year after the end of the project, the integration rate stood at more than 70 percent. The project was carried out by the project and transfer companies PTG and PRM Frankfurt. When members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament paid a visit to the project in Offenbach in February 2013, the MEPs were able to get a first-hand impression of the implementation of EGF actions. Especially the personal stories shared by the EGF participants brought home the added-value of EGF projects. Tailored further training was especially helpful in the manroland case. Learn more about manroland on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

Automotive Düsseldorf/Arnsberg:

Germany successfully applied for support from the EGF for a total of 778 workers formerly employed by five automotive suppliers in the Arnsberg and Düsseldorf districts. The workers had been laid-off because of the negative impact the economic and financial crisis had on Germany's automotive industry. During the project period, which lasted from March 2010 until July 2012, the labour market was still sluggish, making it difficult to find a new job without additional support.

In this case, Germany applied for 4.3 million euros of funding. Participants received help from two transfer companies: Weitblick Personalpartner and PEAG Transfer. This project was special as workers who had worked at very different companies were receiving support. For the transfer companies this meant that they had to provide services to a very heterogeneous group of participants. Learn more about Automotive Düsseldorf/Arnsberg on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

Heidelberger Druck:

An EGF project in the printing sector, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, was carried out between January 2010 and June 2011. The reason was that the company had been hit hard by the economic and financial crisis. All in all, EGF funds totalling 8.3 million euros and targeted at 1,181 former workers were approved. A year after the project ended, the integration rate was 83 percent, making this EGF project the most successful one in terms of the integration rate. The high integration rate was primarily made possible by the tailored skills development facilitated by the EGF. In addition, the economic recovery observed during the duration of the project had the positive effect of opening up new job opportunities for the participants. The local project providers were the transfer companies Weitblick Personalpartner and DEKRA transfer companies. Learn more about Heidelberger Druck on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

Karmann:

The green light was also given for EGF funding totalling 6.2 million aimed at 1,793 automotive workers formerly employed at two companies of the Karmann group. This project ran from February 2009 until June 2010. The redundancies had been caused by the adverse effects of globalisation, especially by greater demand and production in Asian countries. The transfer service provider Silberstreif Personalpartner implemented the project. In this case, the EGF allowed to offer support over a longer period of time, making it possible to adequately assist persons with multiple obstacles to placement. The EGF facilitated a suitable level of profiling and introduced workers to skills development and the current labour market. Learn more about Karmann on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

Nokia:

The closure of the Nokia plant in Bochum was also the end of the last major mobile phone manufacturing plant in Germany. An application requesting financial support from Brussels amounting to 5.6 million euros and benefiting 1,316 former workers was submitted with the aim of fostering their re-integration into the labour market. PEAG Transfer, a transfer company, implemented the project from August 2008 until January 2010. Learn more about Nokia on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

BenQ:

BenQ marked the first German EGF case and the second EU-wide case of the first programming period of the EGF (2007 - 2013). An application requesting support for 2,528 former BenQ Mobile GmbH&Co OHG workers was submitted for the period from January 2007 to May 2008. EGF funding totalling 12.8 million euros was approved. The reason behind the lay-offs was that the Taiwanese parent company BenQ had embarked on a strategy of moving sites to Taiwan, China and Brazil. Workers at two sites, one in North Rhine-Westphalia and one in Bavaria, received assistance. BenQ workers were the first to benefit from support through the EGF. It is worth mentioning that the participants did not just benefit from a long project duration period but also from tailor-made and innovative support strategies such as peer groups and cost-intensive skills development. Thanks to the EGF it was also possible to offer intensive counselling with a very good client-to-counsellor ratio. PEAG mbH was the project provider in North Rhine-Westphalia and TRAIN implemented the project in Bavaria. Both transfer companies cooperated closely with the local employment agencies. Learn more about BenQ on the European Commission's website and from the press releases of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (in German).

Overview of Germany's EGF applications
ApplicationDate application was submittedEGF project durationEGF funding requested in the application (in millions)Number of beneficiaries as stated in the application
BenQ27.06.0701.07-31-05.0812,8 Mio. €2528
Nokia06.02.0901.08.08-31.01.105,6 Mio. €1316

Karmann

13.08.0901.02.09-30.06.106,2 Mio. €1793

Heidelberger Druck

27.05.1001.01.10-30.06.118,3 Mio. €1181
Automotive Düsseldorf/Arnsberg09.02.1101.03.10-31.07.124,3 Mio. €778
manroland04.05.1201.08.12-31.05.135,3 Mio. €2103
First Solar12.04.1301.01.13-31.08.142,3 Mio. €875
aleo solar29.07.1401.09.14-30.09.151,1 Mio. €476
Adam Opel26.02.1501.06.15-30.11.166,9 Mio. €2692
Goodyear06.10.201701.01.2018-31.12.20192,1 Mio. €646