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21 October 2011
Question for written answer E-009500/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Jutta Steinruck (S&D)

 Subject: Freedom of movement of workers and recruitment of staff in the EU
 Answer in writing 

By virtue of Article 45 TFEU on the free movement of workers, every EU citizen shall have the right to seek employment in all Member States, regardless of his or her place of residence. Equally, employers also have the option of recruiting staff from the European job market.

Available positions can be advertised and accepted with the help of recruitment websites and employment agencies. However, this presents the problem that not all foreign job offers can be published in every Member State without being subject to restriction. In many EU countries, this requires a national tax code.

Even using the European portal EURES to find available positions is of limited help: firstly, because it mainly only caters to a certain type of employee (the internationally-oriented academic) and, secondly, because it is not particularly well known. In addition, navigating through this portal is highly complicated, making finding a job even harder. Especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it is not necessarily worth the effort.

1. To what extent is the Commission aware of this problem?

2. What steps can be taken to ensure that employers within the EU are able to publish, without restriction, job offers using public and private recruitment systems?

3. How can the process of recruiting staff be simplified within the EU, especially for SMEs and private recruitment agencies?

4. What steps will the Commission take to prevent individual countries from sealing off their labour markets?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 168 E, 14/06/2012
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