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Enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services

Enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services



Decision No 573/2014/EU on enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES)



The Network’s members are:

The Employment Committee (EMCO), which advises Employment and Social Affairs Ministers in the Employment and Social Affairs Council (EPSCO) on employment matters, acts as an observer.

The Network’s remit includes:

  • implementing benchlearning*;
  • encouraging cooperation between EU countries and supporting;
    • the most vulnerable social groups with high unemployment rates, such as
      • older workers; and
      • youth NEETS (‘Not in employment, education or training’);
    • decent and sustainable work;
    • the better functioning of labour markets;
    • the identification of skills shortages and the better matching of job-seekers’ skills with employers’ needs;
    • the better integration of labour markets;
    • increased voluntary geographical and job mobility;
    • the integration of people excluded from the labour market;
    • the evaluation and assessment of active labour market initiatives and their effective and efficient implementation;
  • carrying out initiatives to:
    • develop and implement EU-wide, evidence-based benchlearning among PES to compare their performance in areas such as
      • reducing unemployment of all age and vulnerable groups;
      • reducing the duration of unemployment and inactivity;
      • contributing the filling of vacancies; and
      • increasing customer satisfaction with PES services;
    • provide mutual assistance between Network members;
    • contribute to modernising and strengthening PES in key areas;
    • prepare reports;
    • contribute to implementing relevant policy initiatives;
    • implement its annual work programme;
    • promote and share best practices on identifying NEETS and on developing initiatives to ensure they gain the skills necessary to enter and remain in the job market;
  • cooperating with other labour market players, such as other providers of employment services, social partners, regional and local authorities, NGOs and private employment services.

A board with representatives from national Public Employment Services and 1 representative from the Commission governs the Network. A Secretariat based within the Commission assists the board and closely cooperates with the EMCO Secretariat.

The Network reports annually to the board on the initiatives carried out.

The Commission:


It has applied since 17 June 2014.


  • EU governments adopted the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth on 17 June 2010. Public Employment Services aim to help meet its headline employment rate target of 75% for men and women aged between 20 and 64 by 2020.
  • The Network includes all EU countries, plus Norway, Iceland and the Commission.
  • For more information, see:


Public Employment Services: national agencies that connect job-seekers with employers. They help to match supply and demand on the labour market through information, placement and active support services at local, national and European levels.
Benchlearning: linking benchmarking and mutual learning.


Decision No 573/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES) (OJ L 159, 28.5.2014, pp. 32-39)


Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — Application of Decision 573/2014/EU on enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES) (COM(2017) 287 final, 6.6.2017)

last update 16.04.2019