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European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Commission improves efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services
Press Conference/Brussels, 17 June 2013
The Member States' public employment services have a crucial role to play in helping the 26 million unemployed in Europe to get a job.
This is why the European Commission has today proposed to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation, setting performance benchmarks and exchanges of best practices between themselves. The can clearly learn a lot from each other's experiences.
For example, public employment service can advise jobseekers on training, apprenticeship or further education opportunities adapted to their situation and to employers' requirements, thus playing a key role in the urgent task of implementing the Youth Guarantee in every Member State.
Public employment services also have an essential role connecting jobseekers with particular skills with employers looking for those skills. Despite record unemployment rate, there are still some 1.7 million unfilled vacancies in the EU. This is certainly an area where increased coordination between public employment services should result in better results for both jobseekers and employers.
Closer cooperation between public employment services would help Member States anticipate and detect labour market problems earlier on, allowing for adequate action to be taken in good time.
There is clearly room for Member States to improve their efficiency and effectiveness of their public employment services. This is why the Commission proposed Country Specific Recommendations to a number of Member States urging them to improve their public employment services. These include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Spain.
The cooperation we have proposed would give practical help to Member States to implement these Country-Specific Recommendations.
The proposed network of public employment services would provide us with stronger, consolidated evidence that would help us design more credible and scientifically sound policy proposals that meet the needs of jobseekers and employers.
This cooperation between public employment services would also facilitate the implementation of labour market projects financed by the European Social Fund.
These enhanced forms of cooperation will complement the reinforced co-operation of public employment services within EURES, the pan European job search network, that we envisage.
Ladies and gentlemen, this new proposal will not introduce a miracle overnight cure to Europe's unemployment problems. But it is an important part of the solution as it marks a further step towards working together to address the challenge in a very practical way.