The Eures network in Italy is made up of 64 Advisers and around 400 assistants located throughout Italy in job centres and regional and provincial labour offices. The network is headed by the National Coordination Office, in the Ministry of Labour.
At regional level, the Line Manager is an important point of contact between the national coordination office and the EURES Advisers, responsible for defining the political guidelines of the network at regional level, as well as ensuring the achievement of the following objectives: the same level of services throughout the Region; the circulation of information within the Region; the provision of data on the regional labour market; the training level of EURES personnel.
The activities of the network can be summarized as follows:
- Placement and guidance services
EURES Advisers exchange information on vacancies and job applications. The information is carefully checked to allow jobseekers to make an informed decision about applying. Particular attention is paid to job offers for which employers are interested in employing workers from other European countries to foster the exchange of expertise. Along with placement activities, also information and guidance services are provided to jobseekers and mobile workers (cross-border, migrant and posted workers), as well as to employers and people with specific information needs, such as young people, the elderly, the disabled, women and EU mobile workers’ family members.
- Transnational, sectorial and cross-border cooperation
The purpose of the network is to strengthen European cooperation and integration. For this reason EURES sustains the development of the transnational and cross-border cooperation together with the trade union and employers’ organizations, state authorities and other organizations located in cross-border areas, with the aim of fostering the local labour market and of facilitating worker mobility in these areas. One of the priorities for the cross-border EURES Adviser is to work towards removing obstacles to mobility (differences in legislation and administrative procedures between one country and another, social security), that slow down the employment processes in border regions.
- Monitoring and evaluation
To improve the effectiveness of the network and to understand mobility figures, the EURES Advisers ensure regular coordinated monitoring, that involves: the identification of the type of users, the occupational and training needs and the levels of participation in the information and recruitment days.
According to the latest monitoring results, in the year 2011/2012, thanks to the EURES network, almost 3000 young Italians have been involved in a work experience abroad and over 900 foreign workers have found a job in Italy.