About us

The European Network of Public Employment Services is formalised by a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. Our members are the Public Employment Services (PES) of all 28 EU Member States as well as Norway and Iceland and the European Commission.

The PES Network can be officially heard by the European Parliament and Council, the Commission and other EU bodies and officially bring in its expertise on the labour market field.

Our Vision:

The Network vision is to be the vehicle for enhanced European PES cooperation enabling them to deliver their role as labour market conductors, contributing to European employment strategies, improving labour market function and integration and creating better balanced labour markets.

Our Mission:

The core purpose of the PES Network is to promote modernisation of PES, encouraging optimum use of evolving technology and enhanced data sources, assisting them in adapting their role and function contributing to implementation of EU employment policies and strategies. It will achieve this through continuing to strengthen and encourage co-operation between PES, thereby:

  • Increasing their capacity to enhance labour market function
  • Boosting labour demand, including through encouraging voluntary mobility
  • Using labour market information to anticipate demands
  • Preparing the labour force for active labour market participation and skills development

For achieving our aims, we want to increase the efficiency of all national PES, so that they are able to offer qualitative services:

  • We learn from each other by analysing and comparing the performances of all PES
  • We exchange our information and ideas, especially our best practices. These are for example programmes, where employers are brought in touch with jobseekers successfully. Of course, we use the results for our projects.
  • We implement initiatives. One example is the Youth Guarantee. In this project, we fight against youth unemployment. All jobseeking young people should get an offer for a suitable job or an educational opportunity.

Chairs of the Board


National public employment services

Further members

EMCO (Observer)

  • Mr Tom BEVERS, EMCO Chair
  • Ilze ZVIDRINA, EMCO Vice-chair

European Commission

  • Mr Stefan OLSSON, Board Member


Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG


European Commission

Rue Joseph II, 27

B-1049 Brussels

  • Mr Max UEBE, Alternate Member

Head of Unit

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG

Unit B1 Employment Strategy

European Commission

Coordination PES Secretariat

  • Ms Ulrike STOROST

Team Leader – Public Employment Services

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG

Unit B1 Employment Strategy

European Commission





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