JUSTICE commentary
The guarantee to access to free placement services refers to the right of employers and employees to access an information service by which jobs can be advertised and applied for, the cost of which is to be born by the State. Such information services are integral to establishing a free and open labour market and facilitating the effective exercise of the right to work.
This entitlement was enshrined in the first article of the 1961 European Social Charter,[1] to enable job seekers access to available job offers and enabling them to publicise applications. It was established at the EU level in order to facilitate labour mobility and enhance the transparency of the European Unionís labour market. The EU service is based on the exchange between the European Employment services (EURES) [2] network partners[3], which is a network for information on employment and worker mobility, of all useful information on jobs available, regional labour market profiles, and living and working conditions.
The main goals of EURES are:
∑†††††††† To inform, guide and provide advice to potentially mobile workers on job opportunities as well as living and working conditions in the European Economic Area;
∑†††††††† To assist employers wishing to recruit workers from other countries; and
.†††††††† To provide advice and guidance to workers and employers in cross-border regions.

[3] The public employment services of the Member States, Norway and Iceland, and the members of the 18 cross-border partnerships.