What is the EURES Cross-border Partnership?
The EURES (European Employment Services) Cross-border Partnership was established to make things easier for those who wish to commute daily or weekly across the border in order to earn a living. It does this by attempting to overcome at least some of the obstacles which people face.
In particular it pathways to the information required by people moving across the border. For example, jobseekers who need information on employment and training opportunities on both sides of the border, on taxation and the social security systems.
The Partnership also aims to assist employers by providing them with access to a larger pool of labour i.e. jobseekers living on both sides of the border. Advice is available to employers on a range of cross-border recruitment issues.
How is the Partnership Funded?
The Partnership is funded by the European Union through the EASI Programme (the EU umbrella programme for employment and social policy) and by the Partner Organisations.
What region is covered by the Partnership?
The Partnership covers all of Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland (Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim).
What is the Structure of the Partnership?
The Partnership is guided by a Steering Committee of up to 12 members nominated by the Partner Organisations and is supported by a full time Co-ordinator. A network of specialist advisers on cross border issues known as Eures advisers was also established. The Advisers are located in the Partner Organisations. Their contact details are available here.
Do Similar Partnerships Exist Elsewhere?
The European Employment Services (EURES) operates on a transnational and cross-border basis. There are approximately 600 EURESadvisers operating throughout Europe, representing Public Employment Services, Trade Union and Employer Organisations. There are currently 20 EURES Partnerships operating in cross-border regions which exist as integral parts of the entire EURES network.
What Type of Activity is The Partnership Involved In?
The Partnership is engaged in a number of activities all aimed at making things easier for those seeking to travel across the border to work (or train) and employers wishing to recruit workers living across the border.
For example the Partnership:
- Provides a network of specialist advisers on labour mobility issues within the Partner Organisations on both sides of the border. They provide an Information, Advice and Placement Service for jobseekers and employers interested in cross-border working or recruitment/training
- Facilitates arrangements for the cross-border exchange of job vacancies between Department of Employment and Learning Services in Northern Ireland and Department of Social Protection services Offices in the border counties of the Republic of Ireland
- Carried out a study identifying obstacles to taking up vocational training opportunities on the other side of the border
- Arranges seminars to develop closer working relationships between the staff of the Partner Organisations
- Developed a website (www.eures-crossborder.org) which, among other things, gives direction to advice and information services for cross-border workers and employers e.g. taxation, social security entitlement and educational qualifications.
- Attend various recruitment fairs in the region to provide advice on cross-border working and training
- Organise conferences on cross-border labour mobility
- Organise Speed networking for Employers in a cross border context.