EURES has a particularly important role to play in cross-border regions, areas in which there are significant levels of cross-border commuting. The more than 600 000 people who live in one EU country and work in another have to cope with different national practices and legal systems. They may come across administrative, legal or fiscal obstacles to mobility on a daily basis.
EURES advisers in these areas provide specific advice and guidance on the rights and obligations of workers living in one country and working in another.
There are currently over 20 EURES cross-border partnerships, spread geographically throughout Europe and involving more than 13 countries. Aiming to meet the need for information and coordination connected with labour mobility in the border regions, these partnerships bring together public employment and vocational training services, employers and trades union organisations, local authorities and other institutions dealing with employment and vocational training. EURES cross-border partnerships serve as valuable points of contact among employment administrations, both regional and national, and the social partners. They are also an important means of monitoring these cross-border employment areas, which are a key element in the development of a genuine European labour market.