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Brussels, 16 April 2014
Commissioner Andor welcomes European Parliament's approval of Decision to improve cooperation between public employment services
"I warmly welcome the European Parliament's support for the proposal to improve the efficiency of public employment services and so enhance their effectiveness when assisting the nearly 26 million unemployed Europeans. This proposal will foster closer cooperation between the public employment services from all Member States. They will be able to compare their performance, identify best practices and learn from each other, and so be better placed to detect labour market problems at an earlier stage. This proposal to formalise the Public Employment Services network is a further step in deepening and strengthening the coordination of employment policies at European level.
"Public employment services should 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 to play to better match jobseekers with employers looking for particular skills, and to support job creation, especially in fast growing sectors. This is certainly an area where increased coordination between public employment services should result in better results for both jobseekers and employers.
"I am therefore looking forward to its final adoption by the Council."
The Commission proposed the Decision on public employment services in July 2013 – see IP/13/544