17/06/2013 at 12:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Employment and social rights
Organiser: European Commission
On 17 June, the European Commission is due to propose a Decision to establish a network of Public Employment Services (PES). The proposed Decision, that would be presented to the EU's Council of Ministers and European Parliament for adoption, would formalise the existing PES network and more clearly define its role.
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Public Employment Services, which have a key role to play in active labour market policies, is essential to address the economic crisis, particularly in countries most hit by high unemployment rates. Public Employment Services should connect people with particular skills with employers looking for those skills and advise people on the most appropriate training opportunities to improve their chances of finding a job.
In particular, Public Employment Services have a critical role to play in the practical implementation by Member States of the Youth Guarantee agreed by the EU's Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers, which calls on Member States to ensure that young people are offered a job, further education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving school (see IP/12/1311, MEMO/12/938, SPEECH/12/910, MEMO/13/152).
The Public Employment Services network would provide a platform for comparing PES performance at European level against relevant benchmarks, identify best practices and foster mutual learning, and so contribute to strengthening coordination at EU level of employment policies. The members of the PES network would also be invited to provide mutual assistance, either in the form of peer-to-peer or group activities, through cooperation and through exchanges of information, experience and staff. The Network would also facilitate the implementation of PES-related country-specific recommendations issued by the Council in the frame of the European Semester (see IP/13/463).
Co-operation between Public Employment Services at EU level dates back to 1997 when the Commission set up an informal advisory group to promote voluntary co-operation. The proposed Decision would make this cooperation more structured and more efficient.
An efficient PES Network would be able enable more jobseekers to find jobs and give early warning of where Public Employment Services could be improved.
Strengthening cooperation between PES is a crucial element to achieve the Europe 2020 employment target of 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years).
12h30: Press conference by Commissioner László Andor in the Berlaymont press room