Magazine article European Social Policy

Employment : Commission Presents Eures Activity Report

Magazine article European Social Policy

Employment : Commission Presents Eures Activity Report

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The European Commission has presented the Activity Report on EURES (European Employment Services), a cooperation network between the European Commission and public employment services in 31 countries. At the end of 2005, the network had close to one million (exactly 955,486) job offers available, although their geographical distribution was somewhat uneven.

SOME COUNTRIES LAGGING

At the end of April 2006, shortages in employment opportunities could be seen in Portugal (478 less than in Malta), Spain (1,700 offers), Italy (4,500 offers), Poland (7,100 offers, slightly more than in Lithuania) and even France (71,000) compared with 241,000 offers in Germany and 338,000 in the United Kingdom. The number of visitors to the EURES website has also experienced a net increase, going from an average of 500,000 visits per month in 2004-2005 to more than 900,000 in March 2006 (the latest figure available). The European Year of Mobility was undoubtedly largely responsible for this increase, although it remains modest considering what is at stake.

The network's most original service is to be found in its cross-border dimension. EURES advisors provide information and offer advice to workers living in one country and working in another and to people looking for work in other countries. There are currently over 20 EURES cross-border partnerships. Most of the network's activities are situated along the Rhine, between the different regions in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. …

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