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Cross-border partnerships and support to cooperation on intra-EU mobility for EEA countries and social partners VP/2019/6
Deadline: 06 Jun 2019   - 41 days

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1.1 Programme/Legal base

This call for proposals is financed under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" 2014-20201. EaSI is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by providing financial support for the Union's objectives in terms of promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

The EaSI Programme shall, in all its axes and actions:

  1. (a)  pay particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as young people;

  2. (b)  promote equality between women and men,

  3. (c)  combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation;

  4. (d) promote a high-level of quality and sustainable employment, guarantee adequate and decent social protection, combat long-term unemployment and fight against poverty and social exclusion.

Hence, in designing, implementing and reporting on the activity, beneficiaries/contractors must address the issues noted above and will be required to provide detail, in the final activity report, on the steps and achievements made towards addressing those aims.

The 2019 EaSI work programme2, acting as financing decision, was adopted by the Commission on 25 October 2018.

The EURES axis: promoting workers' geographical mobility and boosting employment opportunities

The EURES axis of the EaSI programme has the following general objectives:

  • Transparency of job vacancies, applications and any related information for jobseekers, workers and employers;

  • Development of services for the recruitment and placing of workers in employment;

  • Cross-border partnerships.

The EURES axis may be used to finance actions to promote voluntary mobility of individuals in the Union, on a fair basis, and to remove mobility obstacles.

The EURES axis under the EaSI programme contributes to the implementation of the objectives of EURES, as laid down in the EURES Regulation3. Consequently, this call for proposals will support the development of the EURES network and its activities in line with the standards and procedures established in this Regulation.

Recital 17 of the EaSI Regulation sets out as follows: ”...EURES ... should promote the better functioning of the labour markets by facilitating the voluntary transnational cross-border geographical mobility of workers, providing greater transparency on the labour market, ensuring the clearance of vacancies and applications for employment and supporting activities in the areas of placement, recruitment, advice and guidance services at national and cross-border level, thereby contributing to the objectives of Europe 2020. Member States should be encouraged to integrate EURES services, making them available in a "one-stop shop”, where appropriate".

 

1.2 Policy and economic background

The network of European employment services, EURES, was launched in 1994 as a network for cooperation between employment services of the Member States, their partners and the Commission to exchange information concerning vacancies and applications for employment, information on the state and trends of the labour market as well as information concerning living and working conditions. Its purpose is to facilitate the exercise of the free movement of workers in accordance with Article 45 TFEU.

The legal base for EURES are:

  • EU rules on the freedom to work and look for a job in another EU Member State: Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council of 15 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union (codification (OJ L 141 of 27.05.2011, p. 1);4

  • An EU framework for cooperation in this area: Regulation (EU) No 2016/589 of the European Parliament and the Council on a European network of employment services (EURES), workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets (hereafter the EURES Regulation) and amending Regulations (EU) No 492/2011 and (EU) No 1296/2013.5

    The EURES Regulation builds on the results of the EURES reform and provides a comprehensive regulatory framework replacing Chapter II of Regulation 492/2011, Commission Decision 2012/733/EU and the 2013 EURES Charter. It lays down provisions aiming to improve information, guidance and assistance to employers and job seekers including for frontier workers in cross-border regions, to increase transparency of labour market information at EU level and to expand the exchange of information between Member States (resulting in better programming of EURES activities).

    The two pillars of EURES are the European Job Mobility Portal and the human network of EURES staff. The composition of the EURES network is:

  • The European Coordination Office (ECO, managed by the European Commission) that undertakes horizontal activities in support of the network, oversees compliance with the EURES Regulation, organises the work of the EURES coordination group, monitors and evaluates EURES activity and analyses geographic and occupational mobility;

  • The National Coordination Offices (NCOs) that organise the work of the EURES network in the respective Member State and cooperate with the other National Coordination Offices and the European Coordination Office;

  • The EURES members:

    i) service providers in the field of employment admitted by the Member States which provide the three categories of tasks, namely contribution to the pool of job vacancies, contribution to the pool of job applications and CV's and support services to workers and employers involving information, guidance and assistance6;

    ii) The public employment services relevant for EURES activities that are appointed by Member States without admission procedure;

  • The EURES partners admitted by the Member States, which provide one of the three tasks mentioned, for instance support services to workers and employers7.

     

Under the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, the EURES activities are funded as follows:

National activities are funded through the national budgets, the European Social Fund or a combination of both;

Horizontal activities such as coordination of the network, training programmes for EURES managers and advisors, the portal and its self-service tools, information and communication activities, are funded through the EURES axis of the EaSI programme.

Specific services such as customised assistance under targeted mobility schemes like “Your first EURES Job” and support for cross-border partnerships are also funded through the EURES axis of the EaSI programme.

 

2. Objective(s) - Priorities - Types of Activity - Expected results

Objectives - Priorities

The overall objectives of the call are to promote workers' intra-EU labour mobility, to boost employment opportunities as well as to support the implementation of the EURES Regulation.

The call consists of four strands in line with the 2019 annual work programme for grants and procurement for EaSI:

  1. The first strand supports fair mobility for frontier workers in cross-border regions;

  2. The second strand supports the development of new cross-border partnerships or the

    implementation of activities new to the partnership or in areas/sectors new to them

  3. The third strand supports intra-EU labour mobility in the EEA countries;

  4. The fourth strand supports coordination of activities of the European social partners in the EURES network.

Measures to be financed under this call have to be concrete, action-oriented and should provide a clear added value.

Moreover, whenever appropriate, applicants must commit to fulfilling the requirements set forth in Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the EP and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union and of Regulation (EU) No 2016/589 of the European Parliament and the Council 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 1296/2013.8

This means that the applicants must comply with the rules, standards and procedures established in these documents, such as the principle to provide free services to job seekers, to provide job vacancies and CV's in accordance with the uniform system for the EURES portal and to provide information to the National Coordination Office for the programming and reporting cycle.

 

2.2 Description of the activities to be funded

This call has four different strands. The type of activities that may be funded under a given strand is indicated in the description of this strand below.
Each application must be dedicated to only one of the strands presented below. Applicants that wish to apply for more than one strand need to present separate applications for each strand.

2.2.1 Strand 1 "Cross-border partnerships”

This strand shall support existing cross-border partnerships to implement the objectives as laid down in the EURES Regulation, improving the functioning, cohesion and integration of the cross-border labour markets and promoting voluntary geographical and occupational mobility in such regions. The cross-border partnership must be established based on actual needs in terms of mobility flows, economic activity, in particular, it should address skills mismatches in the border region.

While cross-border partnerships are free under the EURES Regulation to define a number of specific tasks (as indicated in Article 27(2)), the purpose of this call is to ensure that cross border partnerships co-financed by EaSI should provide a minimum number services. This includes information and guidance to frontier workers and employers in the concerned cross-border region and the analysis of data and evidence relating to flows in that region.9

Cross-border partnerships under this strand must support activities in at least five of the categories of activities listed below. The application must specify for each activity proposed to which category from the list it belongs. It is mandatory to include activities from categories 1, 2, 3, 4. In addition, at least one activity from either category 5, 6 or 7 needs to be included.

Categories of activities:
1) To gather and analyse evidence on cross-border mobility in the cross-border region by

assembling concrete, up-to-date information involving:

  1. a)  Data or other indications10 relating to the current state of play

    • -  The direction of current mobility flows,

    • -  The economic relevance of mobility flows in the cross-border region

    • -  The current sectors and occupations with higher mobility rates (by participating

      region)

    • -  The categories of employers looking for workers (by participating region)

    • -  The number and profile of current frontier workers in the cross-border region, i.e.

      their occupation, level of skills, education, age, and gender (by participating region)

    • -  The obstacles to mobility in this specific cross-border region

      and

  2. b)  Data, other indications and assessments relating to the future potential

    • -  The sectors and occupations with a lack of qualified staff (by participating region)

    • -  The profiles of job seekers who experience difficulties in finding a job in their region of the partnership, by occupation, qualification level and contract duration (by

      participating region)

    • -  The categories and number of potential employers which may be interested in recruiting frontier workers in the future (by participating region)

       

2)  To offer services to actual and potential frontier workers through the staff of the organisations participating in the partnership. Staff typically provides information and guidance on the following topics:

  • -  Identifying suitable job vacancies

  • -  Preparing CV's and job applications

  • -  Living and working conditions in this area

  • -  social security, taxation and labour law

  • -  other information related to the labour market.

3)  To offer services to actual and potential employers, through staff of the organisations participating in the partnership. Staff typically provides information and guidance on:

  • -  recruiting (frontier) workers from the bordering Member State(s)

  • -  tapping into the potential skills pool in the cross-border region.

  • -  drafting and advertising job vacancies for the cross-border labour market.

4)  To facilitate the job matching, placement and recruitment process with the goal to markedly increase the number of matchings on the cross-border labour market.11

5)  To develop and implement an action plan for publishing a maximum number of job offers for apprenticeships and traineeships on the EURES portal and to provide information, guidance and assistance to candidates interested in applying for such offers across the border.

6)  To develop and implement an action plan for minimizing specific obstacles to cross-border employment in the cross border region to provide one-stop-shops (online and/or on- site) or joint helpdesks which integrate the respective client services in each country of the cross-border region. These centres should facilitate access for clients to the services in question. Moreover, their services should be offered in all languages relevant for the cross- border region.

7) To contribute to the implementation of Directive 2014/54/EU that establishes the creation of ”effective bodies with appropriate expertise in each Member State with competence to promote equal treatment, to analyse the problems faced by Union workers and members of their family, to study possible solutions and to provide specific assistance to them. The competence of those bodies should include, inter alia, the provision to Union workers and members of their family of independent legal and/or other assistance, such as the provision of legal advice on the application to them of the relevant Union and national rules on free movement of workers, of information about complaint procedures, and of help to protect the rights of workers and members of their family. It may also include assistance in legal proceedings"12.

Each individual activity must be linked with a results indicator and a specific target to be achieved during the action. Indicators have to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

The proposal in general must provide information on the following:

  • -  how the implementation of the proposal will contribute to the overall objectives of EURES

  • -  the complementarity with other initiatives in the cross-border region

  • -  the added value to the EURES activities undertaken at national level

  • -  a communication and dissemination plan that is in line with the objectives of

    the EURES communications strategy 2015-202013

  • -  the person/organization in charge of reporting on the activities

  • -  the person/organization in charge of monitoring the activities.

     

2.2.2 Strand 2 "Support to the development of new cross-border partnerships"

This strand 2 shall support projects that either:

- target cooperation in border regions that are not yet covered by EURES cross-border partnerships14 with a view to becoming such partnerships in the future
or

- expand the scope of existing EURES cross-border partnerships with pilot actions in areas/sectors new to them

or
- enrich existing EUERS cross-border partnerships with new activities

The types of activities must fall into at least one of the categories A, B or C below:
a) To test the feasibility of a new cross border partnership on the basis of an analysis of the flows and the need for client services and to set-up a pilot action

b) To expand the scope of existing cross border partnerships by at least one of the following activities

  1. by developing client services for which there is a demonstrated need in the cross-border region and which are not available so far

  2. by promoting vacancies in a specific sector, for which there is a need on one side of the border(s), but not on the other, and by developing measures in the cross border region as a whole to fill these vacancies

  3. through specific placement projects for the benefit of and in cooperation with SMEs

  4. by adding new organizations to the one-stop shop client service, such as municipalities or specialised public authorities, to complement initiatives by Member States in application of Article 2615 of the EURES Regulation.

c) To enrich the existing cross border partnership with at least one of the following activities

  1. by improving cooperation between the national competent authorities responsible for taxation, social security rights and application of labour legislation of the countries concerned in the cross-border region (for instance by establishing new referral mechanisms which will provide more efficient or better integrated client services in application of Article 26 of the EURES Regulation)

  2. by testing the use of the EURES portal or other EURES tools for client services relating to placement and matching in apprenticeship and traineeship schemes across borders

  3. by supporting employers and employers' organisations to develop new ways of sharing

    information with the goal of maximising the potential of the cross-border labour market (through digitisation, the creation of mixed cross-border teams offering multilingual services, or else.);

The application must specify for each activity proposed to which category from the list above it belongs.

The proposal in general must provide information on the following:

  • -  how the implementation of the proposal will contribute to the overall objectives of EURES

  • -  the complementarity with other initiatives in the cross-border region

  • -  the added value to the EURES activities undertaken at national level

  • -  a communication and dissemination plan that is in line with the objectives of the EURES communications strategy 2015-202016

  • -  the person/organization in charge of reporting on the activities

  • -  the person/organization in charge of monitoring the activities.

The final report of projects financed under this strand needs to contain an assessment of the viability and potential of the project for long-term development. Moreover, it needs to specify the lessons learnt during its implementation and give recommendations for future action, if this is deemed useful.

2.2.3 Strand 3 "Support to cooperation on intra-EU mobility in the EEA countries”

This strand shall support the implementation of Union law on facilitating intra-EU labour mobility in the EEA countries and shall support the work of the EURES network in the EEA countries. Proposals must support activities that fall in the following categories:

  1. To facilitate the job matching and placement from and to EEA countries; to produce and implement a national information campaign to inform jobseekers, workers and employers on the opportunities offered by European labour markets. To cooperate with other EURES countries in joint projects such as recruitment events;

  2. To produce and implement a national information campaign to inform jobseekers, workers and employers on the opportunities offered by European labour markets.

  3. To cooperate with other EURES countries in joint projects such as recruitment events;

  4. To offer information and advice to actual and potential mobile jobseekers and their employers, through the EURES advisers and other staff of the EEA employment services. These services shall consist in providing and exchanging information and advice on job applications and vacancies as well as on living and working conditions. Also other relevant information related to the labour market in the EU and EEA countries, such as social security, taxation and labour law should be provided.

  5. To provide new and specialised services that are not or only partially available so far, thus contributing to filling the possible gaps of services provided in the region (e.g. post-recruitment support, cross-border projects, combination of training and placement, specific services for the placement of long-term unemployed, etc.);

  6. To coordinate EURES activities at national level and participate in the coordination meetings of the EURES network;

  7. To support the implementation of the EURES regulation and, in particular, to contribute to the EURES programming cycle and the exchange of information between Member States;

  8. To improve the visibility and awareness of EURES in the EEA countries;

  9. To implement the EURES activity plan 2019/2020.

The application must support activities in at least five of the nine categories of activities listed above and must include at least one activity in category 1 (facilitating job matching and placement) and at least one activity in category 4 (offering services to mobile jobseekers and their employers).

Each individual activity must be linked with a results indicator and a specific target to be achieved during the action. Indicators have to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

The proposal in 

  • general must provide information on the following:
  • how the implementation of the proposal will contribute to the overall objectives of EURES
  • the complementarity with other labour market initiatives in the intra-EU/EEA area
  • the added value to other labour market initiatives in the intra-EU/EEA area
  • a communication and dissemination plan that is in line with the objectives of the EURES communication strategy 2015-202017
  • the person/organization in charge of reporting on the activities
  • the person/organization in charge of monitoring the activities

 

2.2.4 Strand 4 "Support to cooperation on intra-EU mobility for social partners”

This strand shall support European social partner organisations observers in the Advisory Committee on Free Movement of Workers to inform about, coordinate and to promote intraEU labour mobility among their member organisations and to ensure that those member organisations, which are also part of the EURES network, are well aligned to the objectives of EURES.

Proposals must support at least three of the categories of activities listed below:

  1. To ensure exchange of information by direct and regular contacts between social partner

    organisations at local, regional, national and European level on matters related to EURES;

  2. To plan and implement a communication campaign to the general public, jobseekers and employers,, relating to intra-EU labour mobility by providing information on Union law and its instruments such as EURES, in accordance with the EURES communications strategy 2015-202018.

  3. To plan and implement a communication campaign targeted at their members, promoting cross-border labour mobility in general and EURES in particular. The campaign should have the clear goal to increase the use of the services offered by the EURES portal and network.

  4. To organise stakeholder events relating to intra-EU labour mobility, EURES, cross- border partnerships and cooperation in this area, bringing together representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions, public and private employment services and public authorities, with a view to reporting to the Commission on data, findings and recommendations.

  5. To improve client services provided by social partner organisations to mobile and frontier workers, bearing in mind good practices and the developments relating to admission systems for EURES Members and Partners

  6. To support exchange of best practices and mutual learning on the development of new or better services for jobseekers and employers, to be provided by social partners or other organisations in the context of chapter V of the EURES Regulation.

The participation in the coordination meetings of the EURES network is regarded as an eligible activity. However, this activity does not count towards the three minimum activities.

Not eligible under this strand are training activities for EURES advisers and other staff of social partners, which can be covered by the EURES training programme.

Each individual activity must be linked with a results indicator and a specific target to be achieved during the action. Indicators have to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

The proposal in general must provide information on the following:

  • -  how the implementation of the proposal will contribute to the overall objectives of EURES

  • -  the complementarity with other labour market initiatives of social partners

  • -  the added value to other labour market initiatives

  • -  the system and person/organization in charge of reporting on the activities

  • -  the system and person/organization in charge of monitoring the activities
    Moreover, the proposal needs to contain a communication and dissemination plan that is in line with the objectives of the EURES communication strategy 2015-202019

     

2.3 Monitoring

The beneficiaries of the projects or, if applicable, the single applicant of the project, shall monitor the action and make data available.

The European Commission will monitor the action at two different levels:

  • For the EaSI programme through the information provided in the specific Annex to the Grant Agreement. The reporting template is published on the respective call page on the EaSI call page https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=629&langId=en.
  • The Commission, with the support of an external contractor, will monitor regularly the EaSI Programme. Therefore, beneficiaries/contractors will have to transmit qualitative and quantitative monitoring data on the results of the activities. These will include the extent to which the principles of equality between women and men has been applied, as well as how anti-discrimination considerations, including accessibility issues, have been addressed through the activities. Related templates are attached or will be provided.

For EURES through the new EURES performance measurement system. Data will be collected through the respective data collection tool, adapted for EURES cross-border partnerships. The reporting template (excel sheet) is published on the call page. It will also be annexed to the Grant Agreement. The reporting of the co-financed activities must contribute, wherever appropriate, to the exchange of information between Member States and to the EURES programming cycle in accordance with chapter V of the EURES Regulation20.

For events, it is important to get from participants their specific consent by a statement or by a clear affirmative action for processing and transferring their personal data including to an external contractor responsible for the monitoring of the EaSI programme. Beneficiaries/contractors should therefore inform all participants via a Privacy Statement that is not only published online, but is also provided individually to each participant (e.g. as part of the email where the beneficiary/contractor first contacts the individual concerned) that the Commission/external contractor would be processing their personal data. Beneficiaries/contractors shall be able to demonstrate that consent was obtained subject to conditions of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data (i.e. keep a record that shows how the consent was obtained and whether it was valid) and Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.

A model privacy statement is available on the Europa website of the EaSI programme

https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1081&langId=en&furtherCalls=yes&callType=2. In setting up the action, beneficiaries must foresee the necessary funding for monitoring and reporting to the Commission.

 

 

 

3 Timetable

Submission deadline: 06 June 2019

Publication of the call
mid March 2019

Deadline for questions and requests for clarifications
22 May 2019

Deadline for submitting applications
06 June 2019 Swim, Courier and Post : 24:00 Brussels' time (CET) Hand deliveries 16:00 Brussels' time (CET)

Evaluation period (indicative)
July/August 2019

Information to applicants (indicative)
September 2019

Signature of Grant Agreement (indicative)
October/November 2019

Starting date
1 January 2020

End date of all actions
31 December 2021

 

3.1 Starting date and duration of projects

The actual starting date of the action will either be the first day following the date when the last of the two parties signs the Grant Agreement, the first day of the month following the date when the last of the two parties signs or a date agreed upon between the parties.

Applicants should note that if their action is selected, they may receive the Grant Agreement after the start date of the action that they have indicatively set in the application form. It is therefore advisable to number the months in the work programme instead of indicating the name of the months.

Any expenditure incurred before the signature of the Grant Agreement will be at the applicant's risk. An action grant may be awarded for an action which has already begun only where the applicant can demonstrate in the grant application the need to start the action before the grand agreement is signed. No expenditure can be incurred before the date of submission of the application.

The action shall start at the latest from 1 January 2020. The project duration should indicatively be 24 months with the activities ending by the latest on 31 December 2021.

 

4 Available Budget and Co-Financing Rate

4.1 Available budget

Following the adoption of the 2019 Financing Decision for the EaSI programme, the total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 9,653,761

The budget is to be allocated, indicatively, depending on the quality of the proposals, as follows:

For strand 1 "Cross-border partnerships" EUR 8.4 million
For strand 2 "Support to the development of new cross-border partnerships", EUR 600.000 For strand 3 "Support to cooperation on intra-EU mobility in the EEA countries" EUR 353.761 For strand 4 "Support to cooperation on intra-EU mobility for social partners" EUR 300.000

The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available or to increase the amount of funds available and distribute them to proposals admitted in the reserve list, if one is established.
This top-up is limited to 20% of the initial budget of the call.

4.2 Co-financing rate applicable

Under this call for proposals, the EU grant may not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. The applicants must guarantee their co-financing of the remaining amount covered by the applicants' own resources or from other sources other than the European Union budget.21

 

5 Admissibility requirements

5.1 Admissibility criteria

Applications must be sent no later than the deadline for submitting applications referred to in section 3.

Applications (application form including budget and description of the action including work plan) must be submitted using the electronic submission system available at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/swim and by sending a signed, printed version of the application form and the other aforementioned documents by post or courier service (one original dossier and one copy; see also section 12).

Failure to comply with those requirements may lead to the rejection of the application.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their project proposal in English, French or German in order to facilitate the treatment of the proposals and speed up the evaluation process. However, proposals in all official languages of the EU will be accepted. In this case, applications should be accompanied by an executive summary in English (please refer to the checklist in annex I to this document).

21 Letters of commitment are required from any third party providing financial contributions to the eligible costs of the action (see annex I, checklist point 13).

 

6 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility of the applicants (lead and co-applicants) and affiliated entities22 Place of establishment - all strands

For British Applicants: please be aware that the project has to comply with the eligibility criteria for the entire duration of the grant agreement. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU, ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, British beneficiaries will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.7.2.1(a) for mono-beneficiary and Article II.17.3.1(a) for multi-beneficiary Grant Agreements.

Legal entities properly established and registered in the following countries are eligible as lead applicant and/or co-applicants (see the particular requirements for each strand in 6.1.3):

  • -  EU Member States

  • -  Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement.23

Organisations of social partners without legal personality under the applicable national law of above- mentioned countries are also eligible, provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation related thereto are met (Art. 131 2 (b) of the Financial Regulation)24.

6.1.2 Type of entities

a) Types of entities - strand 1 To be eligible, lead applicants must be:

• the relevant National EURES Coordination Office(s) as designated in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/58925 or

• the EURES member(s) or partner(s) of the regions involved with the endorsement of its National Coordination Office (see footnote 5)

To be eligible, co-applicants must fall in one of the categories listed below:

  • -  EURES members or partners

  • -  Social partner organisations at European26, national or regional level

  • -  Public or private employment services

  • -  Third sector organisations27

  • -  other relevant actors active on the EU/EEA labour market, including European

Groupings of Territorial Cooperation

22 See section 2 of the Financial Guidelines for definitions.
23 The Helvetic Confederation participates at its own cost particularly in certain EURES activities. Swiss organisations cannot submit proposals under the EaSI EURES calls but may participate as associate organisations
24 For organisations without legal personality, a signed letter of the legal representative certifying their capacity to undertake legal obligations on behalf of the organisation must be submitted (see section 15, checklist point 8).
25 and as laid down previously in Commission implementing Decision 2012/733/EU
26 These include the European social partner organisations which are consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU (an up-to- date list of these organisations can be found under "List of consulted organisations" on webpage http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=329&langId=en), as well as other European-level social partner organisations that are not included in this list, but who are for example involved in the preparation and launch of European social dialogue at sector level.
27 In the context of our call for proposals, third sector organisations include the following range of not for profit and non- governmental social organisations: voluntary and community organisations (both registered charities and other organisations such as associations, self-help groups and community groups), social enterprises, mutual, co-operatives, ...

b) Type of entities - strand 2

To be eligible, applicants (lead and co-applicants) must fall in one of the categories listed below:

  • -  the National EURES Coordination Office(s) as designated in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/58928

  • -  the EURES member(s)/partners(s) of the regions involved with the endorsement of the National Coordination Office (see footnote 5)

  • -  social partner organisations at European, national or regional level (in application of Article 131 of the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation related thereto are met);

  • -  public or private employment services

  • -  third sector organisations

  • -  other relevant actors active on the EU/EEA labour market including European

    Groupings of Territorial Cooperation

c) Types of entities - strand 3
To be eligible, lead applicants or single applicants must be the National EURES Coordination

Offices of Norway or Iceland respectively.
To be eligible, co-applicants must fall in one of the categories listed below:

  • -  EURES member(s)/partners(s) from Norway or Iceland respectively

  • -  social partner organisations at European, national or regional level (in application of Article 131 of the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation

    related thereto are met);

  • -  public or private employment services

  • -  third sector organisations

  • -  other relevant actors active on the EU/EEA labour market including European

    Groupings of Territorial Cooperation

d) Types of entities - strand 4

Applicants (single, lead and co-applicants) must be social partners, established at European level and represented in the Advisory Committee on Free Movement of Workers, i.e.:

  • -  The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

  • -  The Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE)

  • -  European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEunited)

  • -  European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and

    Services of general interest (CEEP)

 

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