European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Improving Eures job seekers mobility network
Press conference / Brussels,
26 November 2012
The European Commission has just adopted a decision to improve the pan-European job search network, EURES.
With this reform, we are working towards the creation of a truly pan-European labour market.
Clearly, we need to find solutions to the current unemployment crisis, with almost 25 million people out of work. Such levels of unemployment are unacceptable.
Improving mobility for jobseekers between Member States can help to reduce unemployment, notably for people that are prepared to move to another European country to find a job.
The improved EURES network will aim to help people who are ready to move to another country to identify where suitable job vacancies exist and to help employers to find suitably skilled workers.
At present, EURES comprises 31 European public employment services and the EURES job mobility portal sets up 150,000 contacts per month between jobseekers and employers, leading to around 50,000 placements a year.
We have many success stories with EURES helping people find jobs.
Today's decision to reform EURES will help to further improve the way the network functions with the aim of helping more jobseekers find more vacancies.
The five main measures proposed by this reform are:
1) The reformed EURES will address skill shortages by better matching up employers looking for particular skills with people that have those skills. Currently skills mismatches are a problem across Europe, where there are labour shortages in some areas and vacancy bottlenecks in others.
2) The reformed EURES will also particularly address young people, through targeted mobility schemes. Young people tend to be more mobile and are worse affected by the unemployment, will be helped more. And to further facilitate youth mobility, the scope of EURES will be extended to include traineeships and apprenticeships that are linked to a job as well as pure job vacancies.
3) There will also be better coordination on a national level, aiming at better, demand-led delivery of services to jobseekers and employers in each country.
4) Moreover private job search organisations will be included in the system for the first time, so that EURES will include more vacancies than at present.
5) The reform will make EURES more user-friendly, with effective online matching tools. The web portal will maximise the quality of the match between jobseekers and their skills, and employers and their vacancies.
All aspects of mobility will be covered by the revised EURES portal, with interactive videos and tools supplementing the current texts and documents.
Information on acquiring the right skills for certain jobs will be available in order to help people bridge the gap towards vacancies.
Today's decision is an important and concrete move towards providing effective solutions to the current employment crisis we are in. It's not a panacea to resolve all Europe's unemployment problems but it is a step in the right direction.
I urge Member States to implement the reform as soon as possible and so that people looking for a job can make use of the revamped EURES services in their country.