EURES (EURopean Employment Services) ) is a European public services network which was officially inaugurated by the European Commission in November 1994.
Network serving European citizens, EURES offers three kinds of services :
Its purpose is to inform, to orientate and to give advice to the people looking for training or looking for a job in Europe. EURES also gives information to the employers looking for workforce and willing to broaden their recruitment field beyond their national borders.
EURES offers three services on the territories of the 17 European Economic Space member States (15 from the European Union, plus Norway and Iceland).
Well before EURES was conceived, one of the first concerns cross-border workers had was professional mobility. Always having to face legislation juxtaposition and different habits, they lacked and still need information and advice on the particularities of the neighbouring country.
It is to respond to this necessity that the Commission, under the stimulus of trade-unions, has created the Cross-border EURES structures. The first structure created groups Hainaut (B), Nord-Pas-de-Calais (F), Western Flanders (B) and Kent (UK).
Cross-border EURES have several characteristics:
Cross-border EURES are concentration platforms allowing to make more in-depth considerations on the problems of the labour market.
At present, there are 20 Cross-border EURES :
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