Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (127)

Micheál Martin

Question:

128 Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Social Protection her views on the proposal to increase cross-border mobility to complement budget discipline and debt reduction in the eurozone; if this has been discussed at EU Council level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2041/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

Eures (European Employment Service ) is the Commission programme to facilitate the free movement of Labour throughout the European Union and the European Economic area. It is organised in every Member State by the Public Employment Service of that State. Some Member States with land borders and a high degree of mobility across these Borders also have regional Eures Partnerships which aim to facilitate workers who commute across the Border for work purposes. The purpose of Eures is to help Employers who are having difficulties sourcing qualified staff locally and nationally to find workers from other Member States. At the same time Eures helps Job Seekers find work in other Member States. It offers them a comprehensive advise and information on labour opportunities as well as information on living and working conditions in all Member States of the EU and EEA.

The Commission have identified efficient free movement between Member States as key measure to increase the competitiveness of the overall European Economy and are suggesting changes to the way Eures operates and how it is funded. They propose to increase the remit of Eures to actively match jobs across the Union and EEA, to increase the funding available to Eures through changing its current funding (voted from the European Parliament) to that of the European Social Fund.

The programme ‘your first Eures Job' is an initiative to promote mobility in Europe by offering ‘internship' type placements to young workers from a Member state in another Member State. DSP/Eures are currently working on this programme and hope to successfully offer placements to Irish Job Seekers in other Member States as well as positions in Ireland to a small number of Job Seekers from the other Member States. The question of involving the Private recruitment Sector is still under discussion between the member States and the Commission.