EURES Cross-border partnerships


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

European Social Fund +

Programme Description

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) is the European Union (EU)’s main instrument for investing in people.
Τhe ESF+ will continue to provide an important contribution to the EU’s employment, social, education and skills policies, including structural reforms in these areas.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



EURES Cross-border partnerships


The overall objectives of the call topic are to facilitate workers’ intra-EU labour mobility, to boost employment opportunities as well as to support the implementation of the EURES Regulation.
The ultimate goal of the call is to facilitate the job matching, placement and recruitment process on a fair basis.

Detailed Call Description

This topic shall support cross-border partnerships in implementing the objectives of the EURES Regulation, improving the functioning, cohesion and integration of the cross-border labour markets and promoting voluntary and fair geographical and occupational mobility in such regions.

The cross-border partnership must be established based on actual needs in terms of mobility flows and 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 cross border partnerships cofinanced by this call have to provide a minimum number of services.

Cross-border partnerships under this topic must support all these activities:

  • To provide recruitment assistance through the staff of the organisations participating in the partnership to frontier jobseekers and employers, such as:
    • Recruiting workers and attracting employers, for instance organizing recruitment events.
    • Identifying suitable job vacancies or CVs.
    • Helping to draft CV’s, job applications, and job vacancies.
    • Matching CVs and vacancies.
  • To provide guidance and information, relevant for the area covered by the partnership, on:
    • living and working conditions, including general information on social security, taxation, labour law and administrative procedures regarding employment.
    • apprenticeships, traineeships and access to vocational education and training.
  • To advertise the information and services provided in line with the EUREScommunications strategy.
  • To monitor placement outcomes and customer satisfaction.
  • To contribute to the pool of job vacancies and CVs in the EURES portal, in cooperation with the NCO.

In addition, cross-border partnerships under this topic must support at least one of the following activities:

  • To provide post-recruitment information and assistance.
  • To gather and analyse evidence on cross-border mobility covering the current state of play and potential future developments.
  • To develop and implement a catalogue of specific actions for raising the offer of cross-border apprenticeships and traineeships in the participating regions and to provide information, guidance and assistance to candidates interested in applying for such offers across the border.
  • To contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights with specific actions addressing at least one of the principles under the chapter “fair working conditions”.
  • On a voluntary basis and as stand-alone activity or as cross-cutting issue, cross-border partnerships can develop activities and measures supporting the process of the green and digital transitions and the transformation of European industrial ecosystems, in particular job conversion and modification as well as job creation and skills development in their regions within the framework of the transition to a decarbonised/green economy.

Call Total Budget

€12 000 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Employment

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Employees
  • Employers
  • Legal Entities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States
    • non-EU countries:
      • EEA countries in accordance with Article 29 of the ESF+ Regulation

Social partner organisations without legal personality under the applicable national law of above-mentioned countries are also eligible.

To be eligible, the lead applicant of the consortium must be:
The relevant National EURES Coordination Office(s) as designated in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/589 or the EURES member(s) or partner(s) of the regions involved with the endorsement of its National Coordination Office.
To be eligible, other applicants must fall into one of the categories listed below:

  • EURES members or partners
  • Social partner organisations at European, national or regional level
  • Public or private employment services
  • Third sector organisations
  • Other relevant actors active on the EU/EEA labour market, including European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation

Affiliated entities can take part in the consortium, but must satisfy the eligibility criteria as all applicants.

When necessary for the achievement of the action’s objectives, legal entities established in a third country which is not associated to the Easi strand pursuant to article 29 of ESF+ regulation may exceptionally participate, as associated partner without being financed by the Union.

Consortium composition
Only consortia are eligible. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium which includes employment services on regional, local and, where appropriate, national level; social partner organisations; and, where relevant, other stakeholders of at least two neighbouring Member States.
Any consortium member must be actively involved in the implementation of the action and financially engaged, (by incurring costs). The way they are financially engaged must be detailed in the budget of the proposal.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Directorate-General for European Programs, Coordination and Development
29 Vyronos Avenue, Nicosia
Tel:  +357 22-602883

(Publish Date: 20/03/2023-for internal use only)