The Spanish region of Alicante will be the focus of latest EU funding

The Spanish region of Alicante will be the focus of latest EU funding

The European Commission has proposed a second handout this year for redundant Spanish textile industry workers, drawn from the European Union’s (EU) Globalisation Adjustment Fund.

Brussels in August proposed spending EUR2.8m (US$3.9m) on former Galician textile workers, and has now asked the European Parliament to authorise another EUR2m on 350 unemployed textile workers in Alicante province.

The money would fund employment training, small business assistance, job-search assistance and allowances.

The Alicante clothing and textile industry - already under pressure from emerging market competition – had been hit hard by the recession, said EU employment commissioner László Andor. “The EGF is one of the ways the EU can help redundant workers back into work and I am confident these workers will benefit from the training support the fund can provide," he added.