EURES in cross-border regions

EU internal border regions cover 40% of EU territory and is home to almost 2 million cross-border commuters. In 2016, more than 1.4 million people in the EU lived in one country and worked in another. This figure has been steadily increasing over the years, with a rise of eight percentage points from 2015 to 2016 alone.

Cross-border workers face a number of obstacles on a daily basis, such as different national practices, social security systems, taxation rules and legal systems. In addition, public transport is often less developed in cross-border regions in comparison to in-country transport, which further impedes cross-border job mobility.

EURES helps cross-border workers to overcome these obstacles by providing financial support to cross-border partnerships, under the umbrella of EaSI, the EU programme for employment and social innovation.

These partnerships involve EURES members and partners working together across borders to support the mobility of workers and employers. Organisations that are not part of the EURES network can also participate if they are relevant within the regional job mobility market. Partners usually include public employment services, social partners and organisations such as universities, business associations, trade unions and chambers of commerce.

In 2019, under the 2018 call, 11 cross-border partnerships involving 16 countries receive EaSI funding. In addition, a number of other partnerships are active without EaSI support.

The eleven cross-border partnerships supported by EaSI in 2019 are:

The overarching goal of the partnerships is to share information and advice jobseekers and employers on cross-border job mobility, offer placement opportunities and provide pre- and post-recruitment services. Pools of experts are available to support workers at each stage of their career and answer any questions they may have about the practicalities of working across the border.

Each year, the partnerships carry out numerous activities in support of both jobseekers and employers. Current highlights include coaching for jobseekers in the 50+ age range, cross-border apprenticeship schemes and an upcoming job-matching app for vacancies along the Belgian-Dutch border.

The partnerships also monitor the mobility flows across their respective borders, the development of the job market and identify obstacles that may hamper the free movement of workers within the regional cross-border job market.

Click on one of the links below to find out more about a specific cross-border partnership. For further advice on job opportunities in your region, search for EURES Advisers by cross-border partnership by clicking here.