The European Employment Services EURES is an employment service network administered by the European Commission, implemented by the public employment services and labour market organisations in the countries belonging to European Economic Area and Switzerland. The purpose of the EURES network is to promote mobility on the European labour markets by providing advice to job seekers who want to work abroad and to employers who want to recruit workers from abroad.
EURES services consist of a network of more than 800 EURES Advisers covering the whole EU/EEA area. In Finland the Advisers work in the employment offices of the biggest cities: in Helsinki (Kluuvi office), Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Mariehamn, Pori, Tampere, Lahti, Kouvola, Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Jyväskylä, Hämeenlinna, Kuopio, Iisalmi, Joensuu, Kajaani, Oulu, Tornio and Rovaniemi. In the smaller offices there are also advisers who can help in the international mobility issues. The activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
In the border areas with high levels of cross border commuting the EURES Cross Border partnerships aim to contribute to a better functioning of the common labour market area. EURES Advisers in these areas provide specific advice and guidance on the rights and obligations of workers living in one country and working in another. Alltogether there are 21 Cross Border partnerships in Europe. In Finland the Cross Border Tornedalen was established in the year 2000 and works at the border of Finland and Sweden in Haparanda.