EEA EFTA Comment on proposal for a regulation on a European network of Employment Services

Published 06-11-2014
On 6 November 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.

On 17 January 2014, the Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation that would re-establish the EURES network with the aim of making it more efficient, recruitments more transparent and cooperation between the Member States stronger. The overall aim of the proposal is to enhance workers’ access to intra-EU labour mobility support services, thus supporting fair mobility and increasing access to employment opportunities throughout the European Economic Area.

In their comments, the EEA EFTA States welcome the strengthening of the EURES network and look forward to continuing their participation in an even stronger and more efficient network. They believe that the new EURES Regulation will further facilitate the mobility of workers and thus contribute better to tackling unemployment in Europe by matching labour market needs with supply. However, the EEA EFTA States also maintain some reservations with respect to the proposal, and request more in-depth discussions on several key issues, such as the role of Public Employment Services (PES), the opening up of the network to private partners and the possible burden on national administrations in relation to programming and data collection difficulties.

Furthermore, The EEA EFTA States find that the financing aspects of the new regulation are not sufficiently explained. The proposal might lead to potentially high costs for national administrations, and the EEA EFTA States are of the opinion that the intended source of funding for each of the different activities should be made clearer, particularly given that funding will come from different sources at EU level, such as the European Social Fund and the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Read the full comments here.

 

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