EU internal border regions cover 40% of EU territory and are home to almost 2 million cross-border commuters. In 2018, more than 1.5 million people in the EU lived in one country and worked in another.
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 2020 and 2021, 8 cross-border partnerships, involving 14 countries receive EaSI funding. In addition, a number of other partnerships are active without EaSI support. (To find all cross-border partnerships, current and previous, click here.)
The cross-border partnerships supported by EaSI are:
- Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
EURES in den Grenzregionen Belgien, Deutschland, Niederlande
- Spain and Portugal
EURES cross-border Galicia-North Portugal
- Northern Ireland and Ireland
EURES cross-border partnership Ireland – Northern Ireland
- France, Germany and Switzerland
EURES T Oberrhein - Rhin Supérieur
- Belgium and the Netherlands
EURES cross-border partnership Scheldemond
- The Czech Republic, Germany and Poland
- Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg
EURES Transfrontalier Grande Région
- Italy and Slovenia
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.
For further advice on job opportunities in your region, search for EURES Advisers by cross-border partnership by clicking here.