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Brussels, November 2012
European Commission adopted the modernization and improving of the EURES, (the pan-European jobseeker mobility network).
EURES is a cooperation network between the European Commission and the public employment services of the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (the EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and other partner organisations. Switzerland also takes part in EURES cooperation.
Despite high levels of unemployment (over 25 million people in the EU) there are still labour shortages and vacancy bottlenecks.  The EU statistics suggest the number of unfilled vacancies has been on the rise since mid-2009, particularly in high growth areas such as information and communications technologies and the green economy.
This decision is designed to help modernise and improve EURES, the pan-EU job search network, is aimed at help to increase mobility of workers across Member States. The EURES reform aims to make it easier for jobseekers to contact employers looking for particular skills, to focus on sectors and occupations with skills shortages and to support targeted mobility schemes for young people.
In a press Release, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor commented: “Improving jobseekers’ mobility between Member States can be part of the solution to the current unacceptably high levels of unemployment. The improved EURES network will aim to help people who are ready to move to another country to identify where suitable job vacancies exist and to help employers to find suitably skilled workers. We now call on all Member States to get ready to implement the reform”.
EU press release is here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1262_en.htm?locale=en
Thanks for http://beleuz.wordpress.com/category/labour-employment/ for the initial information.
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