EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS)


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

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EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS)


The EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) constitutes a European-level labour market measure designed to address labour shortages and hard-to-fill vacancies.

The overall objective of this call for proposals is to ensure around 4000 placements for mobile jobseekers, in particular of young people. Within further analysis, the action targets the filling of hard-to-fill vacancies and labour shortages as identified in national/EU labour market studies or other data sources.

Detailed Call Description

The EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) combines tailor-made recruitment, matching, training, and placement services with financial incentives. Support measures may vary based on labour market needs and their analysis. They should include provisions for interviews in another EU/EEA country, relocation, linguistic training, recognition of qualifications, as well as recruitment support. The end beneficiaries may include job changers, job/traineeship/apprenticeship seekers, and recruiting businesses, including SMEs, who may receive direct financial support through targeted allowances.

The proposal should clearly define and justify a) placement targets, and b) the chosen economic sectors affected by labour/skills shortages, at least within the geographical coverage of the participating countries in the consortium.

Applications should particularly focus on matching EU movers with shortage and hardto-fill positions. Applications shall also detail the innovative matching/recruiting methods to identify and reach job seekers – integrating a demand oriented strategy, as well as labour market integration services, financial support measures, and/or training programs to be provided.

Applicant organisations:

  • shall also be ready to provide information and support to nationals from other EU/EEA countries not directly covered by their respective projects,
  • are free to choose the activities, methods, and tools to implement their actions, provided they comply with the mandatory framework for the provision of assistance and financial support to target groups.

The activities will encompass the provision of direct services to jobseekers and employers, including:

  • information, matching, recruitment and placement; This may include innovative approaches and matching/recruitment methods to identify and reach individuals with particular skills, qualifications or profiles in line with the needs of specific labour sectors affected by labour shortages, in identified geographical area.
  • pre- and post-placement support (e.g., profiling and pre-selection of jobseekers, assessment of training needs and skills development, providing interview preparation support, offering information and assistance, addressing challenges that may arise during the early stages of employment, regular monitoring and assessing the performance and satisfaction of placed individuals and employers).
  • direct financial support to jobseekers to contribute to interview and relocation trip expenses, language training, and recognition of qualifications.
  • direct financial support to SMEs for training programmes for newly recruited individuals.

The action aims to:

  • reach the target groups aged over 18 and seeking a job, traineeship, or apprenticeship in another EU/EEA country;
  • address labour mobility obstacles, such as the cost of moving abroad, lack of language knowledge, integration of mobile workers in destination countries, as well as the need for specific training programs;
  • contribute to reducing labour market imbalances and address hard-to-fill vacancies, particularly in sectors with identified labour shortcomings based on recent national/EU labour market studies or other relevant data sources.

To this end, the action supported by the projects shall have at least the following six components:

  1. Creation of a partnership
  2. Establishment of cooperation arrangements within the partnership between EURES member/partner organisations and other labour market actors.
  3. Provision of services to jobseekers and employers.
  4. Identification of relevant economic sectors affected by labour/skills shortages.
  5. In the context of the services indicated under point 3) above, provision of measures and direct financial support to both job seekers and SMEs, including the support for training programmes.
  6. Development of post-placement support measures for jobseekers and employers.

Considering the information provided above, proposals must:

  • Focus on specific economic sectors/occupations affected by labour/skills shortages at least with in the geographical coverage of the consortium.
  • Include quantitative targets of work placements, apprenticeships and/or traineeships, where applicable.
  • Identify target groups.
  • Present approaches integrating ways to address labour shortages through labour mobility.

The EURES TMS scheme shall neither support the return mobility of jobseekers and workers to their EU/EEA country of origin or former country of residence, nor cross-border commuting where a worker works in one country and lives in her/his country of residence.

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


Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Employment

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Chambers
  • Legal Entities
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the 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 (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries:

In addition to above-mentioned eligibility requirements:

Coordinators (lead applicants) must be no profit entities, listed in the following categories:

  • EURES National Coordination Offices,
  • EURES members or EURES partners which are placed in organisations whose main mission is to ensure the provision of employment and placement services to jobseekers, job changers, trainee/apprentice jobseekers and employers covering jobs and/or work-based trainings. Those services must include information, recruitment, matching and preand post-placement support.

Co-applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities listed in the following categories:

  • EURES member organisations (i.e. National Coordination Offices, EURES Members and Partners),
  • Public or private labour market actors (including the third sector) providing services from the range of services provided by lead applicants and/or complementary customer-oriented services in other expertise fields such as information, training, education, career guidance, mentoring, legal advice, integration support or other equivalent.

Consortium composition

  • Only consortia are eligible.
  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities). Those 2 beneficiaries must be EURES Member/Partner organisations established in at least two different EU/EEA Countries.
  • All beneficiaries signing the grant agreement with the Commission must be actively involved in the implementation of the action and financially engaged, (be it by hiring staff, or incurring other costs, or by providing a direct financial contribution). The way they are financially engaged must be detailed in the project budget of the proposal.

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National Contact Point(s)

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

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