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EURES — European Network of Employment Services

Originally launched in 1994, the European Network of Employment Services (EURES) operates the European Job Mobility Portal, designed to allow workers to look for employment anywhere in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Its current legal basis is Regulation (EU) 2016/589, as amended by Regulation (EU) 2019/1149, which set up the European Labour Authority as responsible, among others, for coordinating EURES.

EURES is a network of public and private employment services that provide job-matching and information services for jobseekers and employers.

The main objectives of EURES are to:

  • inform, guide and provide advice to potentially mobile workers on job opportunities, as well as living and working conditions;
  • assist employers wishing to recruit workers from other countries;
  • provide advice and guidance to workers and employers.

EURES helps to:

  • apply people’s right of free movement as workers in practice;
  • improve the operation and integration of national labour markets;
  • promote fair, voluntary geographical and occupational mobility in the cross-border regions.

EURES members and partners offer the following services, among others:

  • help workers and employers register on the site and update, revise or withdraw the data concerned;
  • provide information and guidance on important aspects of labour mobility, including any post-recruitment assistance;
  • refer requests for specific information to the relevant national authorities (social security and taxes, etc.).

EURES comprises a network of more than 900 advisers on the ground with specialised expertise in the practical, legal and administrative matters relating to mobility at national and cross-border levels.