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European Network of Public Employment Services

The European Network of Public Employment Services (PES Network) was established on 23 September 2014 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, pursuant to the Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on Enhanced Cooperation between Public Employment Services (PESs) (see:

The new structure for cooperation has been established in order to maximize the effectiveness of national public employment services as well as a form of assistance to member states in their further coordination of activities to fight unemployment in Europe.

The Network brings together representatives of 28 countries of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and the European Commission; and it continuously works on the development of a comprehensive European platform for comparing the efficiency of public employment services (benchmarking), identification of good evidence-based practices; and it also works on developing a mutual learning tool.

One of the main objectives of the Network is to support the modernization of European public employment services by strengthening their institutional capacities; and thus to improve the efficiency of European PES services. The new structure provides assistance to member states in the area of implementation of the recommendations received in the framework of the European Semester, which are directly aimed at public employment services. The Network brings together national and European actors competent for the design, development and evaluation of labour market policies.

One of the key tasks of the Network is to exchange knowledge and best practices on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, as well as its concrete contribution to the European Employment Strategy and national labour market policies.

In operational terms, the Network is managed by the Board wherein each member state and the Commission are represented by two members, who meet twice a year in order to discuss the strategy and take decisions regarding the forthcoming activities of the Network.

In 2016, Mr. Fons Leroy, Managing Director of the Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling en Beroepsopleiding (VDAB; the Flemish public employment service) was elected the President of the Network to a two-year term.

In 2017, Mrs. Evita Simsone, Director of the State Employement Agency of Latvia, was elected the first vice-president of the Network to a two and half year term.