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EURES: the European Employment and Job Mobility Network

EURES contributes to creating a European labour market accessible to all through the international, interregional and cross-border exchange of job vacancies and applications and the exchange of information on living conditions and gaining qualifications.


Commission Decision 8/2003/EC of 23 December 2002 implementing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 as regards the clearance of vacancies and applications for employment.


The Commission's objective is to reinforce and consolidate EURES as a fundamental instrument by networking the employment services of the EEA countries and Switzerland.

The members and partners of EURES are:

The activities of the members and partners include:

  • creation of placement services for jobseekers, including customised services, matching services for workers and employers, and support services for employers wishing to recruit staff in another European country;
  • dissemination of up-to-date information on living and working conditions and trends on the labour market;
  • development of cooperation between the employment and social services, the social partners and other institutions concerned at the level of the Member States, the cross-border regions and the various employment sectors;
  • surveillance and evaluation of obstacles to mobility, including differences in legislation and administrative procedures, skilled labour surpluses and shortages and migration flows.

The members and partners undertake to integrate their vacancy databases into the EURES database and to:

  • provide the other members and partners with full and up-to-date information about vacancies and applications, the labour market, living and working conditions, obstacles to mobility and any other information required for the creation of a European network. Moreover, they undertake to protect personal data and to provide the necessary infrastructure and services, such as computer terminals;
  • appoint and train EURES managers and advisers, as well as other service providers. The managers are responsible for the European dimension of the organisation, including the coordination and implementation of EURES activities, the achievement of the objectives, the dissemination of information and representing the member in the EURES working group. The advisers, having received initial training, provide occupational guidance in the area of placements and integrate the EURES services in their own organisations;
  • evaluate all the EURES activities in terms of quantity, quality and impact and inform the EURES Coordination Office of the results.

Jointly, the members and partners are developing partnerships of the cross-border regions. Pursuing the same activities and objectives, these partnerships are managed by a framework agreement with a term of at least three years which commits the signatories to providing EURES services to the other members. Decisions are made by the steering committee comprising representatives of the members of the partnership.

Administrative coordination is provided by the European Coordination Office (or "EURES Coordination Office"), managed by the European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG. It is also responsible for analysing mobility in Europe, formulating a general approach and monitoring and evaluating EURES activities.

For strategic planning purposes, the Commission consults the High-Level Strategy Group, comprising the heads of the members of the network and chaired by a Commission representative.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Decision 8/2003



OJ L 5, 10.1.2003

Last updated: 23.05.2011
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