The situation of the social enterprise at Câmpia Turzii, Cluj County

 

The project regarding the set-up of a social enterprise at Câmpia Turzii, Cluj County, amounting to EUR 3.57 million from EU funds, faced serious implementation difficulties. Following the project’s submission and its subsequent approval by both the European Commission in 2012, and by the European Parliament in 2014, EUR 3.57 million has been allocated from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.

Between November 2014 and March 2015, 450 people attended professional reconversion and counselling courses. However, because in fact this project was not allocated 12 months for implementation, the social enterprise could no longer be built and, therefore, over EUR 2.5 million from the total funding must be returned to the European Commission. The social enterprise project was to be carried out over a period of four years, at the end of which the employees were to decide whether to continue the collaboration and, if they accepted to do so, they would have become owners of the social enterprise.

Does the Commission envisage a review of the assessment procedures, in order for these funds to be received by beneficiaries within a reasonable timeframe?

Does the Commission plan to identify other compensating measures that would support the citizens from Câmpia Turzii?