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EU Allocates €46.9 Million to Belgium & Germany in Support of Job Seekers, Students & Those Fleeing War in Ukraine

Belgium and Germany will receive an additional €46.9 million from REACT-EU to support jobseekers, disadvantaged students, homeless people and others in need, including those fleeing Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

In a statement issued today, the European Commission has also highlighted that in Belgium, the Operational Program (OP) of the Fund for Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) will receive around €14.3 million to support the growing number of people in need for food aid, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“This new funding will allow Belgium to provide food parcels to people fleeing war in Ukraine and to people struggling to obtain food due to rising prices,” the statement reads.

According to the EU Commission, in support of “Active Job Search Workshops” (ARAE), the European Social Fund (ESF) OP for Brussels will receive €2.8 million.

In addition, RAEA will be able to assist 5,500 jobseekers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through training, coaching and skills assessment in order to improve their chances of finding a job.

In Germany, the ESF PO for Berlin is receiving an additional €16.8 million to support around 6,300 of the people most affected by the pandemic,” the statement also noted.

As the Commission explains, Berlin will use the funds to support vocational schools, disadvantaged students, as well as homeless people and others who suffer or are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. People fleeing the war in Ukraine will also benefit from this support, especially thanks to targeted aid for Berlin school children fleeing the war.

At the same time, Berlin will use the funds to support innovative and promising start-up projects, providing technical innovations and accelerating digital transformation in the medical and healthcare sector.

On the other hand, the ESF PO in Hesse will also receive €13 million to finance the training of digital trainers and provide educators and students with digital equipment and content.

Hesse will also finance measures to help job seekers from families with children in need, people with migrant backgrounds and those in need affected by COVID-19, targeting the labor market. Meanwhile, the 2021 tranche of REACT-EU had already allocated €40 billion.

Since March 2022, the Commission has paid a total of €3.5 billion in pre-financing to the Member States under REACT-EU to help the Member States welcome and integrate people fleeing the war in Ukraine. This Wednesday, on June 29, the Commission presented the FAST-CARE proposal to ensure that an additional €3.5 billion will increase the pre-financing payments to be made in 2022 and 2023.

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