Employment and Social Policy

These areas are covered by Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement.

In the area of Employment, the EEA EFTA States are member of the EURES network. The aim of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for employers and workers who wish to make use of their right to the free movement of persons.

Furthermore, the EEA EFTA States have participated in EU Programmes which focus on Employment and Social Policy such as the PROGRESS Programme from 2007-2013 and the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014-2020.

The EEA EFTA States have also participated in various European Years with a social focus such as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010) and the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012).

In addition, EEA EFTA experts cooperate informally with the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Social Protection Committee (SPC) which are EU advisory committees established by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

See also:


European Employment Strategy

Social Protection and Social Inclusion

Employment Committee

Social Protection Committee


Internal Market Division

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Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 February 2020