EURES is a cooperation network formed in 1994, comprising the European Commission and members and partners in EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The network consists of coordination offices (both European and national) and designated public employment services in each EU country, each with their own specific responsibilities. Other organisations, such as social partners, can join the network.
The main goals of EURES are to:
- improve transparency and information on job opportunities as well as living and working conditions across borders
- provide assistance for job placements and recruitment across borders
Secure handling of personal data:
- EESSI will introduce the use of a common secure infrastructure for cross-border data exchange between social security institutions.
- It will enable message exchange between national institutions, but the system will not create a database to store such messages and personal data centrally. The content of the messages will only be available to the relevant institutions, and Member States will remain responsible to ensure a high standard of data protection, in line with EU rules.
- EESSI will follow the latest standards in IT security.