EU wants to offer Finland €2.6M for laid-off Nokia workers

EU wants to offer Finland €2.6M for laid-off Nokia workers

Despite what some people may think, it's not that bad to be an EU citizen, especially if you're working for Nokia and you get laid off. The Finnish company has gone through a complete restructuring process to fine tune its business, so many employees were laid off.

Now, the European Commission wants to offer Finland €2.6 million to support no less than 821 former Nokia Network Systems employees. The amount of money is meant to assist these workers who lost their jobs to help them find new ones.

Most of the money will be used for career coaching, education and start-up grants for the former Nokia employees. If Finland accepts, the money will come from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EFG), and the country won't have to return it.

The funds are granted by EFG after Finland applied for the money the moment Nokia and three subcontractors had to lay off almost 1,000 employees, which was the result of “fierce competition between the Finnish ICT sector and its competitors.”

Finland has the right to refuse the money and ask for a larger amount. In any case, EU's decision to grant €2.6 million to Finland will certainly help many former Nokia employees get right back on track.

source: Yle.fi via NPU

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16 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

That is a great governments support.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Meanwhile in Trumpland, Republican lawmakers think that you should starve to death if you don't work.

3. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Quit complaining and get back to work.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You forgot the sarcasm tag.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You really should stage to death if you don't work. EU pays that money so that those people... go back to work.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

starve to death*

11. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Leo, and what about people that aren't able to work?

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

To work doesn't necessary mean to create high value, it can also mean planting flowers, taking care of dogs, singing - in a single word: contributing. Of course there are those less fortunate that can't work at all; they also need to be protected, but they are very few.

14. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I get the contributing thing, and you do have a point that people that aren't willing to do anything to help out society don't necessarily be given everything. However, I don't think that allowing someone to starve should be allowed, period. I think that shelter, food, and healthcare are things that the government should help out with if its citizens aren't able to get these things for themselves. The people that can't really work, or at least don't have the resources to work, are a lot more numerous than you'd think. There are quite a few people with debilitating mental illnesses that end up as homeless because they can't keep a job. (Also, just because PA is such a hostile environment, I'd like to clarify that I'm not attacking you. I'm always one for a good debate. Intent is not always well shown over text.)

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have my thumb up for the way you are sustaining your point of view. I have never said we should let people starve to death, I'm just saying let's not help the ones that can help themselves; if one has all the organs and the sanity, one could always get a fishing rod and catch fish, there's no need for me, you or anyone to spend money to feed that person, let's spend money, teaching the person to fish. That's what EU is doing with this former Nokia employees. I'm saying that, because in my country there are a lot of people that get social care while the work market lacks qualified and less qualified workers and I'm sick and tired to pay for laziness from my pockets.

16. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I guess that's fair. Public assistance with the catch that if you can work, work until we don't have to support you anymore. I guess I just read your original comment as a little more aggressive in tone that you meant, lol.

8. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

they think you should starve to death and be low minded, uneducated and poor just like in the medieval times

6. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

"Despite what some people may think, it's not that bad to be an EU citizen" What is this BS?! Who thinks being an EU citizen is a bad thing?!! EU is the only stable power in the world right now. We don't have Trumps, Putins, Theresa Mays

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

HAHAHAHA....being an EU citizen is worse than you think.

12. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Lol sip, come to the US, then we can talk.

10. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I was a former Nokia employee and didn't get a dime. Instead I got TATA. That sucked big time.

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