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26 September 2011
Question for written answer E-008545/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Ulrike Rodust (S&D)

 Subject: European ‘job fair’ websites hinder free movement of workers
 Answer in writing 

A personnel consultant who deals with the international recruitment of specialist and management staff has drawn my attention to the following problem:

Many of the Internet ‘job portal’ sites provided by national labour administrations prevent foreign employers from posting job advertisements, since many job sites permit registration only with a national tax number (job sites in Denmark, Estonia and Finland are cited as examples of this unwelcome practice). Going via the EURES portal, he says, is impracticable since the portal is not well known and job advertisements placed there do not reach a sufficiently large audience. In any case, using the national EURES consultants is too complicated compared with placing one’s own job advertisement directly on the national job sites.

The situation described here sounds to me like a violation of the principle of free movement of workers.

1. Is the Commission aware of these problems in placing job advertisements on ‘job portal’ sites within the EU?

2. Has the Commission taken, and is it taking, any measures to remove this obstacle to the free movement of workers?

3. What opportunities are open to employers when they are faced with such an obstacle?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012
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