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Brussels, 1 October 2010

Brussels Job Day 2010 – thousands of job seekers to meet employers at EU Headquarters

As part of the European Job Days organised in over 200 European cities between mid-September and mid-October 2010, the Brussels European Job Day will take place on Saturday October 2nd. For the third year running, the event is being held at the European Commission's headquarters, the Berlaymont building. This year, the emphasis will be on matching skills to the needs of the labour market (New skills for new jobs), particularly for young people. Over 80 recruiting companies and organisations active in employment and thousands of European citizens have responded to the Commission’s invitation to meet at the Berlaymont.

“One of Europe's biggest challenges today is employment, especially of young people. We have 5 million Europeans under 25 in the labour market looking for work, but who cannot find a job," said László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He added: "We need economic recovery to create more job opportunities for people, but we can also make better use of existing opportunities. Therefore, the European Commission and the EURES job network are organising hundreds of events Europe-wide where people looking for jobs can meet prospective employers. Job Days are open to everyone and enable job seekers to take part in interviews on the spot, serving as a hands-on complement to the EURES job network."

As in previous years, the European Commission is marking the importance of the European Job Days by organising the Brussels event in the very heart of the Commission headquarters. People can pre-register (www.jobdays.eu) and check which vacancies correspond best to their profile, allowing them to maximise their chances for direct on-the-spot interviews. Around 1,000 vacancies were filled as a direct result of the event last year.

This event is unique, as it offers in one place the opportunity for each visitor to build a tailor-made tour for meetings and visits with recruiters but also to receive guidance, get advice for training or moving abroad, test language skills, etc.

The Job Day provides actual access to over 950 000 job vacancies in the EURES-online corner, and direct interaction with more than 50 EURES employment advisors from 21 countries. 43 employers will provide recruiting opportunities, with over1 500 vacancies on offer.

The Job Days represent the EU’s jobs and growth strategy in action – encouraging job mobility around Europe and helping to reinforce growth. Beyond Brussels, September and October will see more than 500 events such as job fairs, seminars, lectures, workshops and cultural events around the EU. They are designed to explain the benefits of job mobility within the EU and give employers and jobseekers the opportunity to meet and talk to each other.

They also provide factual information about living and working conditions in other countries in Europe. Job interviews can take place directly at Job Days events and more than 200,000 people took part in the initiative last year.

The event:

2 October, European Job Days in Belgium: Berlaymont building, Brussels.

10.30: Informal press point with EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, Belgian Employment Minister Joëlle Milquet and Brussels Employment Minister Benoît Cerexhe, with photo opportunities and interview possibilities

Background

The theme of the event and its conference is linked to the EU2020 smart and inclusive growth priorities, in particular the "Youth on the Move" flagship initiative, focusing on youth employment and talents, and on the added value of labour mobility and life-long learning for all ages (job–to-job and geographic mobility) to enhance the labour market efficiency.

Further information:

The Youth on the Move website: http://europa.eu/youthonthemove/index_en.htm, which has been launched this month by the Commission, provides additional help to find opportunities to work or study across Europe.

Job Days 2010: http://jobdays.eu

The European Job Mobility Portal EURES: http://eures.europa.eu

EURES event calendar:

http://ec.europa.eu/eures/main.jsp?lang=en&acro=calendar&eventCalendar=init

Communication "Youth on the Move": http://ec.europa.eu/education/yom/com_en.pdf


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