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People covered by the EGF, by member state

This figure from Lucian Cernat and Federica Mustilli’s article Trade and Labour Market Adjustments: What Role for the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund? shows the number of people in the EU covered by the EGF from 2007-2017. The difference between Western and Eastern European states is quite striking, which raises two possible conclusions: either Eastern European member states have not been so dramatically hit by the adverse consequences of globalisation and economic crisis, or they cannot use the funds effectively, due to administrative or budgetary restraints, given the need to put forward well-documented retraining programmes in order to apply for EGF-funded activities.