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Cross-border Job Days in Slovenia
In May 2011, Slovenia hosted two cross-border Job Days with its neighbouring countries Austria and Italy. The events showcased a large number of opportunities for Slovenian jobseekers.
According to Darja Grauf, EURES Adviser and organiser of the Slovenian-Austrian Job Day in Maribor, Slovenia, the event was even more successful than she and her colleagues had expected: “Over 6 000 jobseekers attended the event and employers and employment agencies presented over 600 vacancies. Employers were very satisfied with the number and preparation of the jobseekers. We hope for good results from the Job Day and that the event will have facilitated real access to employment.”
EURES has a particularly important role to play in cross-border regions, in which there are significant levels of cross-border commuting. EURES Advisers in these areas organise specific events and gives customised guidance for citizens who live, or want to live, in one country and work in another. There are currently over 20 EURES cross-border partnerships, spread geographically throughout Europe.
One explanation for the large numbers of attendees is that as of 1 May 2011 Slovenians are free to travel to Austria for employment. “We have a long border with Austria, salaries are higher and many employment opportunities exist there,” explained Darja. “I expect the number of Slovenians travelling to Austria for work to increase.”
The Slovenian-Italian Job Day in Koper, Slovenia, showcasing cross-border job opportunities, was also a success. The first cross-border Job Day in Koper between the two countries, it attracted over 2 000 jobseekers and 46 representatives from employers, employer associations and employment agencies.
“Italian employers have so far agreed 20 employment contracts with Slovenian jobseekers and Slovenian employers have agreed 60,” reported Mirela Pekica, EURES Adviser and organiser of the Job Day. “This is a great result for a one-day event in a small city of 30 000 inhabitants.”
Following on from the success of the event, EURES Slovenia plans to hold a similar cross-border Job Day with Italy again next year.
Transitional restrictions on EU workers
Germany and Austria were the remaining countries of the original 15 EU Member States to continue imposing restrictions on workers from Slovenia and the seven other states that joined the EU in 2004 (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia). All restrictions on workers from these countries ended on 30 April 2011, however restrictions on those countries joining in 2007, namely Bulgaria and Romania, will continue until 2013.
Look for a Job Day in the EURES events calendar
Visit the cross-border partnership pages on the EURES Portal to find out more and see if there are any partnerships near you
Find out more about free movement in the EU