Brian has been making vacuum cleaners for years. He loves his job. One day a new vacuum cleaner factory is opened on the other side of the planet. Labour is considerably cheaper over there. Due to trade globalisation, the new, cheap vacuum cleaners arrive in Europe by the boatload. Everyone rushes out to buy one. Very quickly, Brian's factory goes bankrupt. Everyone is laid off. Out of work, Brian wonders what else he could do. Retrain as something else? OK, but in what area and how? In his case, Europe has provided for a solidarity mechanism, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. The fund supports the reintegration of European workers laid off for a reason directly linked to globalisation: a company relocating to another country, a significant increase in imports, or even a company losing market share in its sector of activity. The fund has a maximum of 500 million euros available each year. It only intervenes when a Member State specifically requests it to. Subject to exceptions, there is a whole series of criteria to meet. The most important is that the lay-offs must affect at least 500 direct or indirect employees. Good news for Brian. His country has obtained several million euros. For two years, this money will finance individual measures to help Brian and his colleagues find new jobs, such as individual coaching, professional retraining, or even aid to start their own businesses. It's not a 100% guarantee that they will find new jobs, but for Brian it's allowed him to make a fresh start. Today he's a plumber.