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What is EURES?

EURES, the European Employment Services Network, set up in 1993, was 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:

A co-operation network formed by public employment services in all EU/EEA countries

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

One of the main objectives of the EURES Regulation is to expand and broaden the network to have more organisations participating, offering more information, guidance and recruitment services to an even wider audience of jobseekers and employers all over Europe.

To that end, all EU/EEA Member States are working together to put in place national systems to admit organisations in their respective countries to become EURES Members and Partners. Any organisation providing employment services will be welcome to join the network when it is fully operational if it meets the common criteria laid down in the EURES Regulation as well as the requirements and procedures of the relevant national admission system.

Some basic requirements:
To become a EURES Member an organisation must provide all the following three services:

    • Contribute to the pool of job vacancies by transmitting data to the EURES portal
    • Contribute to the pool of job applications and CVs by transmitting data to the EURES portal
    • Provide support services directly to jobseekers and employers  (e.g. information, guidance, post-recruitment support)

A EURES Partner must provide at least one of the three services mentioned above and justify that it cannot deliver all the services required of a Member e.g. because of its size, limited resources or the character of the other services it normally provides.

All EURES Members and Partners must meet certain minimum criteria listed in the EURES Regulation in terms of service delivery (e.g. compliance with labour standards and laws, capacity to offer services, free services to workers) and participation in the EURES network (e.g. delivery of data according to standards and formats, programming and reporting, allocation and training of staff).

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Last modified:12/04/2019