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What does EURES mean?

EURES is the European Employment Services, a cooperation network designed to facilitate the free movement of workers within the EU 27 countries plus Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Partners in the network may include Public Employment Services (PES); Private employment services (PRES), trade unions, employers' organisations and other relevant actors in the labour market. The partners provide information, placement and recruitment services to employers and jobseekers.

EURES has an important role to play in providing specific information and facilitate placements for the benefit of employers and frontier workers in European cross-border regions.

In practice EURES provides its services through the portal and through a human network of around 1000 EURES advisers that are in daily contact with jobseekers and employers across Europe.


What is the EURES Ireland/Northern Ireland Cross-border Partnership?

The EURES Ireland/Northern Ireland Cross-Border Partnership was established to help make things easier for those who wish to commute daily or weekly across the border in order to work. It does this by attempting to overcome at least some of the obstacles which people face.

In particular it provides pathways to the information required by people moving across the border, for example, jobseekers that 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 EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)


What region is covered by the Partnership?

The Partnership covers all of Northern Ireland and the border counties 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 contacts 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 900 EURES advisers operating throughout Europe, representing Public Employment Services, Trade Union and Employer Organisations. There are currently 9 EURES Partnerships operating in cross-border regions.


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 and employers wishing to recruit workers living across the border.

For example:

  • 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 for Communities in Northern Ireland and Department of Social Protection in the border counties of Ireland
  • Arranges seminars to develop closer working relationships between the Partner Organisations
  • Developed this website (www.eurescrossborder.eu) which, among other things, gives direction to advice and information services about practical issues for cross-border workers and employers e.g. taxation, social security entitlement and educational qualifications.
  • Organises Cross Border Jobs Fairs
  • Organises networking and information events for employers in the Cross Border region
  • EURES Cross Border Advisers attend various recruitment fairs in the region to provide advice on cross-border working and training

Organises information events on cross-border labour mobility issues.


  • Your first EURES job is open to young candidates and employers of the EU-28 countries, Norway and Iceland.
  • Candidates must be resident in the Republic of Ireland to avail of this programme.

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