On the road to get workers on the move

The European Mobility Roadshow – a bus promoting workers’ opportunities to move between employers and regions – has reached its Brussels terminus.

The bus called at Commission headquarters in the Berlaymont building at the end of a four-week, 7,000-kilometre journey, which took it from Paris to the northern-German town of Kiel and onwards to Helsinki, Riga, Warsaw and Prague, to the southern-Hungarian town of Pécs and back via Milan in Italy. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people visited the bus and could access information and practical guidance in their own language from local EURES advisers on how to find a job in another EU country. 

“This project is one of the most original and most symbolic of the European Year of Workers’ Mobility,” said Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Commissioner Vladimír Špidla when he welcomed the bus to Brussels on 19 October 2006. He added that the year was, two months before its end already a success and complimented his officials: “Success never comes by chance; it comes by hard work.”

The EURES portals offer almost 1.1 million job vacancies across Europe; 168,000 job- seekers have published their CVs. The bus complements the European Job Fairs, which attracted 150,000-200,000 people to 500 different events in 300 European cities at the end of September 2006. 

The Commission is striving to encourage European worker mobility. Europeans are much less mobile than Americans, for example, and the Commission estimates that 2-3 million positions could be filled in as a result of higher job-to-job and geographical mobility. 

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