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What is EURES

EURES, the European Employment Services Network, set up in 1993, has been established by the European Commission to facilitate the free movement of workers within the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The network is composed of: the European Coordination Office (ECO), the National Coordination Offices (NCOs), EURES Partners and the Associated EURES Partners.

The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of workers and employers as well as any citizen wishing to benefit from the principle of the free movement of persons.

At European Level, EURES is:

In Ireland, EURES is coordinated by the European Employment Services of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). 


Cross – Border labour markets

A cross-border labour market is an area in which workers living in one country can commute daily or weekly to work in a neighbouring country.
In cross-border regions, EURES is available to:
  • Match jobseekers with vacancies in a neighbouring country;
  • Provide information on living and working in two different European countries and help you with the legal, administrative and practical aspects;
  • Monitor the labour markets in both countries, therefore providing up-to-date vacancy information to jobseekers.

Ireland – Northern Ireland EURES Cross-border Partnership was established to assist in the removal of barriers for job seekers, workers and employers who are seeking employment, working or employing on the island of Ireland.

The European Commission is providing co-funding to this scheme. The scheme is being backed jointly by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on an equal funding basis.



Last modified:01/06/2018

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