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Commission proposes to improve EURES job search network

17/01/2014

The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help employers, notably small and medium businesses, to fill job vacancies faster and better, under a proposal presented by the European Commission.

Once adopted by the EU's Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, the proposal would help citizens to make the most informed choice possible when it comes to moving abroad for work.

"The Commission’s proposal represents an ambitious step to fight unemployment in a very practical way. It would help to address imbalances on labour markets by maximising the exchange of available job vacancies throughout the EU and ensuring a more accurate match between job vacancies and job seekers. The reformed EURES would facilitate labour mobility and contribute to achieving a truly integrated EU labour market", Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, highlighted.

The proposed new rules would make EURES more efficient, recruitments more transparent and cooperation among Member States stronger, notably by allowing EURES to:

  • offer on the EURES web portalmore job vacancies in the EU, including those from private employment services
  • carry out automatic matching through job vacancies and CVs
  • give basic information on the EU labour market and EURES to any jobseeker or employer throughout the Union
  • offer candidates and employers mobility support services to facilitate recruitment and integrate workers in the new post abroad
  • improve coordination and information exchange on national labour shortages and surpluses among EU countries, making mobility an integral part of their employment policies.

Background

The proposed EURES Regulation is one a series of measures to facilitate free movement of workers, together with the Commission's April 2013 proposal    to improve the application of workers' rights to free movement, due to be adopted imminently by the EU's Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, and the November Communication on free movement of people   .

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