Employment : Exec to Propose Public Employment Services Network

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Employment : Exec to Propose Public Employment Services Network


The member states' public employment services cooperate very little with each other, and their levels of efficiency vary, says the European Commission. Therefore, on 17 June, the EU executive published a draft decision establishing a European network for employment services from 1 January 2014(1). "This proposal is not a miracle solution to youth unemployment, but it is an important part of the solution in the sense that it is an extra step enabling us to respond to this challenge together, in a practical manner," said Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Laszlo Andor.

Public employment services are in charge of applying active policies on the employment market and provide workers and employees with information on the job market, help looking for work, give advice and professional guidance, help with work placements, and support professional and geographical mobility. They are also frequently responsible for operating unemployment benefit systems and other social services. In 2013, the European Commission recommended to eight member states (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Spain and Italy) that they should improve their public employment services.

The proposed decision, which is based on Article 149 TFEU, sets up a network in charge of establishing a platform for comparing the performance of public employment services against relevant benchmarks, identifying best practices and fostering mutual learning, and deploying strategic measures for modernising SMEs. …

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