PARES: Benchmarking between Employment Services VP/2013/016 Closed!


The PARES initiative is part of the Europe 2020 strategy. The initiative supports EU-level dialogue to promote cooperation between different forms of employment services (public, private and non-profit) and to identify where they can deliver complementary services, with
the ultimate objective of improving the functioning of labour markets in Europe.
The main objective of this PARES call for proposals is to encourage benchmarking between employment services for a better delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy. The call is aimed at:
  • Helping establish a system(s) of benchmarking between EU/EEA employment services when implementing priority actions of the European Employment Strategy;
  • Support initiatives of a trans-national character that involve a number of Employment Services in the EU/EEA;
  • Use the results of benchmarking projects between employment services to better inform policy makers at national and EU level with evidence-based findings on the performance and good practices in the delivery on employment services.


Effective approaches aiming at reducing Youth Unemployment;
Employers services;
Career guidance;
Creation of local partnerships for employment;
Anticipation of skills needs;
Effective up-skilling / training of unemployed or inactive;
Early intervention based upon profiling and targeted;
Individualised support to contribute to the prevention of flow into long-term unemployment;
Approaches to servicing the needs of employers and to improving relationships with employers;
Cooperation and contract management between PES and other relevant service providers for vocational orientation;
Placement, assessment, guidance, intensive assistance or training Customer satisfaction (jobseekers, employers);
Assessment of the use of IT-tools and combined multi-channelling concepts;
Green jobs;

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 February 2014 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Universities
  • Regional authorities
  • Local authorities

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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