EU keen on allocating €4.5 Million for Estonian tourism employees

Published on : Saturday, April 3, 2021

The European Commission has planned to offer support to more than 5,000 workers and independent workers associated with tourism in Estonia who got out of work due to the pandemic.

While commenting on the proposal, the European Commission declared that the €4.5 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) would help those individuals in finding new jobs by providing education and training or even kick-start their own business.

For the first time, EFG is being made use on the basis of the Coronavirus pandemic, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. The estimated total cost of the assistance is €7.5 million, among which the EGF will offer €4.5 million. The authorities of Estonia will cover the remaining amount.

To quote Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, “Europe is showing solidarity with the Estonian workers and self-employed at this difficult time by financially helping over 5,000 people find new jobs, retrain or start up a new business. Thanks to the €4.5 million in funding from the EGF, these people will be able to adapt their skills to new job opportunities in any promising sector.”

The Commission emphasized that the restrictions related to travel to contain the spread of the COVID-19 have intensely troubled the travel activities in particular travel companies, accommodation, catering businesses, event organisation, and transport.

Therefore, the Estonian Government applied for the EGF’s support in order to assist the disadvantaged individuals more precisely, the ones with low education and no professional skills, impacted by the COVID.

The undertaken measures co-funded by EFG include recommendation for job search, educational possibilities, and financial help to start a business on their own. The participants should be provided additional stimuli, such as training, accommodation, and transport allowances, to encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities.


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