EURES in cross-border regions

EURES has a particularly important role to play in cross-border regions, areas in which there are significant levels of cross-border commuting. More than 1.000 000 people who live in one EU country and work in another ("cross border workers") 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.

The services of EURES in border regions are mostly (but not exclusively) provided by "EURES Cross-border Partnerships".

EURES cross-border partnerships are groupings of EURES Members and Partners and, where relevant, other stakeholders outside the EURES network. The groupings engage in long-term cooperation across the border to support the mobility of cross-border workers and their employers. They typically involve regional or local employment services, social partners and other organisations such as chambers of commerce, universities, VET organisations, local authorities, etc.) of at least two neighbouring Member States.

The cross-border partnerships provide information, placement and recruitment services. They also monitor mobility flows and obstacles to the mobility of workers in border regions which are a key element in the development of a genuine European labour market.

Some of these partnerships receive financial support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). To find more about the EaSI funded EURES cross-border partnerships see below.

The EURES portal provides information on the situation of cross border workers. Moreover, EURES staff, whether they are involved in a cross-border partnership or not, can provide assistance and guidance to workers living in one country and working in another.