In the conference held in Brussels on 26 April, EURES Members were invited to take part in presentations about the future funding of EURES through the European Social Fund (ESF), as well as meeting with representatives from ESF in their respective countries and on the European level.
According to the EURES reform, the European Social Fund (ESF) will be the main source of funding for future EURES activities in Member States in the period 2014-2020.
Member States are currently programming the use ESF budgets in their country, therefore, in order to gain ESF funding, EURES Members need to act quickly to make sure that EURES is a part of their country’s priorities.
The EURES reform stipulates that in the future EURES should focus on:
- transnational labour mobility activities in the areas of matching, recruitment and placement
- related information, advice and guidance services at national and cross-border level.
In practice, this means that all activities currently carried out by the EURES network, will be eligible for funding also under the ESF.
At the same time, the European Commission will continue to support:
- the EURES portal
- common training for EURES Advisers
- innovative targeted mobility schemes.
Funding for these horizontal activities will come from the future Programme for Social Change and Innovation. Depending on the outcome of the negotiations on funding, the Commission may also be expected to support EURES cross-border partnerships.
The most important differences between the current direct funding and the future ESF funding of EURES are that the budget potentially available has increased drastically.
In the future, actions need to be carried out through shared management between the EU and Member States.
The overall reform of the functioning of EURES, in accordance with Commission Decision 2012/733/EU implementing Regulation 492/2011, is due to enter into force on 1 January 2014. It will be complemented by a reform of its funding resources, foreseeing for activities carried out at national level to be financed by the ESF.
Watch the full video recording of the EURES-ESF Conference (EN, FR, DE, IT, ES)