The EURES network is an instrument supporting the right of free movement of workers within the European Union and the European Economic Area. Below we provide the legal basis underpinning the implementation of this fundamental right at European and national level.
Treaty on European Union (Article 3) and Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Articles 45 to 48)
‘The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers, in which the free movement of persons is ensured and establish an internal market aiming at full employment. Freedom of movement for workers shall be secured within the Union. Such freedom of movement shall entail the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States as regards employment, and ensuring close cooperation between national employment services by setting up appropriate machinery to bring offers of employment into touch with applications for employment and to facilitate the achievement of a balance between supply and demand in the employment market.’
Regulation (EU) No492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union.
‘The Member States or the Commission shall instigate or together undertake any study of employment or unemployment which they consider necessary for freedom of movement for workers within the Union. The central employment services of the Member States shall cooperate closely with each other and with the Commission with a view to acting jointly as regards the clearing of vacancies and applications for employment within the Union and the resultant placing of workers in employment.’
Regulation (EU) 2016/589 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2016 on a European network of employment services (EURES), workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets, and amending Regulations (EU) No 492/2011 and (EU) No 1296/2013
With the entry into force of the EURES Regulation, the network is re-established with clearly defined objectives, tasks and responsibilities of the individual stakeholders within the network.
Labour Market Act (OG Nos 118/18, 32/20, 18/22), Article 31(3): ‘The Service shall carry out recruitment and placement services and offer counselling and information services relating to job mobility in the single market of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation through the EURES network.’
On the basis of Article 7(1)(b) and (c), Article 9(1) and Article 10(1) of Regulation (EU) 2016/589 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2016 on a European network of employment services (EURES), workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets, and amending Regulations (EU) No 492/2011 and (EU) No 1296/2013, the ministry responsible for labour matters adopted a decision appointing the Croatian Employment Service as a member of the EURES network and designating it as the National Coordination Office for EURES.