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The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision to improve cooperation between public employment services.
Member States' public employment services have a crucial role to play in helping the 25 million unemployed in Europe to get a job and in addressing skills mismatches.
Effective public employment services are essential for the practical implementation by Member States of employment policies, such as the Youth Guarantee, under which Member States ensure that young people are offered a job, further education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving school.
The Decision, proposed on 17 June 2013, aims to help Member States' public employment services to improve their effectiveness through closer cooperation. It establishes a platform for comparing the performance public employment services against relevant benchmarks, identifying good practice and fostering mutual learning.
The network will help Member States to implement the country-specific recommendations on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services issued by the Council in the framework of the EU's annual review of Member States' economic and social policies, the European Semester.
Each Member State will nominate from the senior management of its Public Employment Service one member and one alternate member to sit in the Board of the Public Employment Services Network. The Commission will also appoint one member and one alternate member to the Board.