The EU’s online jobs service will be expanded to include even more vacancies and reach even more unemployed people.
With 25 million currently out of work, job creation is a priority for the EU. For many, one solution lies in finding a job in another EU country, where there are vacancies for their particular skills.
Jobs are available around Europe – the number of unfilled positions has been on the rise since mid-2009, particularly in high-growth areas such as IT, telecoms and the green economy.
In response, the Commission is adjusting its Europe-wide job placement service – EURES – to better meet the demands of jobseekers and employers. This network of public employment services currently covers up to 40% of the jobs available in 31 European countries, as well as hosting an online database of 750 000 CVs.
Under a new strategy, EURES will be expanded to offer even more jobs by including private employment agencies in the network. These will be accredited and supervised by national offices created by each participating country.
The strategy will also make EURES more focused on helping young unemployed people find a job or get into apprenticeships or training.
The jobs site is free to use and also gives information on living and working conditions in all participating countries – in 25 languages.
All 27 EU countries participate in EURES, along with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
The website gets 4 million visits a month and the leads it generates result in some 50 000 placements a year.
You can get more details in person by going to a EURES information session near you.
Reforming EURES is in line with the EU’s agenda for new skills and jobs, which aims to make labour markets more flexible, give workers the skills they need, improve working conditions and create jobs.
The main goal – by 2020 – is to achieve an employment rate of 75% for all people between 20 and 64. It is one of the 5 key elements of the EU's growth and jobs strategy, Europe 2020.
The reforms to EURES are due to be implemented by the end of 2013.