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Europe Day is ‘EURES Day’ in eastern Finland
The city of Joensuu in Finland celebrated Europe Day (9 May) with a series of events and activities. European films were shown for free at the local cinema and the European Movement in Finland launched a Facebook campaign asking for people’s views on the EU. Meanwhile, EURES was on hand to give advice to potential jobseekers on working in another European country.
To reach out to as many people as possible, EURES set up a stand and information desks in a local shopping centre. Information packs were handed out containing tips on how to find work abroad with the help of EURES resources.
“We made 200 information packs for the day but probably talked to about 400 people,” explains local EURES Adviser, Taru Asikainen. “We saw people of all ages – it was a worthwhile experience for us because many of them did not know what EURES had to offer.”
Since the event, a number of people have contacted the local EURES office to ask for more details about working in Europe. “A lot of people are finishing their studies at this time of year, so it’s a good time to provide them with information and to show how EURES can help broaden their job-seeking options,” adds Taru.
EU in focus
The day’s events were opened by Risto Poutiainen, Deputy Regional Mayor for North Karelia. He answered questions from the audience about a range of issues relating to the EU, including European identity and the current economic climate.
EURES organised the event in conjunction with the European Movement of Joensuu, the local branch of the youth organisation JEF Finland, the Europe Information Centre of North Karelia, the Regional Film Association, and Tapio Cinema Centre.