EURES helps citizens and companies of the EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland benefit from one of the four funding principles of the EU, the free movement of workers.
EURES is a cooperation network formed in 1994, comprising the European Commission and members and partners in EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The network consists of coordination offices (both European and national) and designated public employment services in each EU country, each with their own specific responsibilities. Other organisations, such as social partners, can join the network.
The main goals of EURES are to:
- improve transparency and information on job opportunities as well as living and working conditions across borders
- provide assistance for job placements and recruitment across borders
- facilitate cooperation between its member organisations and with stakeholders
EURES provides two main services:
- A network of over 1000 EURES staff active in 32 countries, providing online and in-person services on labour mobility in the EU, and assistance for recruitment and job placements. EURES staff is also present in cross-border regions, providing information to cross-border workers and employers on issues such as social security, insurance or taxation.
- The EURES Job Mobility Portal offers job vacancies available through EURES members and partners, providing recruitment resources for job seekers and employers.
EURES also offers:
- Mobility schemes assisting recruitment in specific sectors or countries, or supporting specific groups of workers such as Your first EURES job for workers under 35 and Reactivate for those over 35.
- Drop'pin@EURES, where companies and organisations can promote and showcase their initiatives helping young Europeans enter the labour market.
- European Job Days, online recruitment events that bring jobseekers and employers together.
In 2016, the new EURES Regulation entered into force.
The key new elements are:
- A bigger network: new service providers other than public employment services will join EURES and enlarge the availability of offers and services
- More opportunities for young people: inclusion of apprenticeship and traineeship offers
- Improved EURES tools: cooperation on interoperability of data and the use of the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations classification system (ESCO) for multilingual search and matching
- Enhanced transparency: more jobs advertised and CVs available
- A minimum package of services for job seekers and employers in all EU countries