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News 08/09/2021

Synopsis report on consultation activities to evaluate EURES regulation published

The ex post evaluation report of the operation and effects of the EURES Regulation is now also available.

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In 2021, the Commission submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions an ex post evaluation report of the operation and effects of the EURES Regulation.

The evaluation concluded that the EURES tools and services defined in the Regulation are generally relevant to address intra-EU labour mobility needs.

EURES leads to intra-EU placements, promotes fair working conditions and higher awareness of labour mobility opportunities. The effectiveness of EURES is comparable to Public Employment Services (PES) in the national context. The effectiveness could be improved when the ongoing efforts to enlarge the network, implement a full exchange of CVs and vacancies and their automated matching are completed.

EURES cannot support all younger workers with employment opportunities because traineeships and apprenticeships are out of the scope of employment services in some countries for legal reasons. Also, EURES visibility among labour market participants is limited, which affects its effectiveness.

Benefits of EURES Regulation

The Regulation makes EURES efficient: the cost-effectiveness of EURES has increased considering the cost per individual contact, vacancies transferred to the portal and placements achieved.

The benefits of a more consistent and better functioning network outweigh the costs of the changes introduced by the Regulation. However, the benefits of the investment in the IT infrastructure are not completely visible yet while the administrative workload has increased.

The EURES Regulation is coherent with other European initiatives in supporting labour mobility, full employment and integration of the labour markets. However, a better and closer cooperation with the Europass portal and Your Europe portal are required.

The EU added value of the EURES Regulation is confirmed by the stakeholders consulted, as Member States alone could not have achieved a similar level of support to cross-border labour mobility.

The evaluation (COM/2021/452 final) is now online in 23 languages.

In addition, the synopsis of all the consultation activities can be downloaded in the languages most used by the contributors:

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