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Eligibility criteria

A case is eligible for support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) if

  • at least 500 persons are being made redundant in a single company (including its suppliers and downstream producers) over a reference period of four months, or if self-employed persons cease their activities (see Article 4 (1) (a) of the EGF Regulation), or
  • at least 500 workers are being made redundant or self-employed persons' activity ceases, over a reference period of nine months, particularly in SMEs, all operating in the same economic sector defined at NACE Revision 2 division level and located in one region or two contiguous regions defined at NUTS 2 level (see Article 4 (1) b of the EU Regulation), or
  • under exceptional circumstances the redundancies may affect fewer than 500 persons employed mainly in small- and medium sized companies and given a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy (see Article 4 (2) of the EGF Regulation).

Who can request support from the EGF?

All the EU's Member States have the right to apply for support. In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is the body in charge of submitting applications to the European Commission.

Workers or their employer should notify the Federal Employment Agency as early as possible when large-scale globalisation or crisis-induced redundancies or a cessation of activities by self-employed persons loom. The contact information is available on the EGF Website of the Federal Employment Agency. The Federal Employment Agency will inform the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Together with the affected workers' and employers' representatives the Ministry will examine whether the case meets the EGF's eligibility criteria.

If the prospects for receiving support are good, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will submit an application to the European Commission in its capacity as Germany's EGF Managing Authority. The application needs the approval of the EU's Budget Authority (European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament).

The Federal Employment Agency will carry out the implementation of the proposed project in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.