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Call key data

EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS)

Funding Program

European Social Fund+

Call number




04.06.2024 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 16,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

between € 2,000,000.00 and € 6,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The overall objective of this call for proposals is to ensure around 4 000 placements for mobile jobseekers, in particular of young people.

Call objectives

The action targets the filling of hard-to-fill vacancies and labour shortages as identified in national/EU labour market studies or other data sources. The action, being strongly result-oriented, may contribute to:

  • addressing labour market needs, in particular tackling labour markets' imbalances, as well as labour and skills shortages;
  • improving the conditions for jobseekers and workers to exercise their right of freedom of movement across the EU;
  • filling of hard-to-fill vacancies (in the form of either jobs, traineeships or apprenticeships), notably where specific labour shortages have been identified;
  • enhancing the service catalogue of the EURES organisations;
  • fostering public-private partnerships within EURES.

The EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) constitutes a European-level labour market measure designed to address labour shortages and hard-to-fill vacancies.

It combines tailor-made recruitment, matching, training, and placement services with financial incentives. Support measures may vary based on labour market needs and their analysis. They should include provisions for interviews in another EU/EEA country, relocation, linguistic training, recognition of qualifications, as well asrecruitment support. The end beneficiaries may include job changers, job/traineeship/apprenticeship seekers, and recruiting businesses, including SMEs, who may receive direct financial support through targeted allowances.

The proposed action shall cover the overall objectives and activities set out in this call of proposals, in compliance with Annex I (“Implementing guide”).

The proposal should clearly define and justify a) placement targets, and b) the chosen economic sectors affected by labour/skills shortages, at least within the geographical coverage of the participating countries in the consortium.

Relative to its previous editions, this call focuses on the issue of shortage occupations. Applications should particularly focus on matching EU movers with shortage and hard- to-fill positions.

Applicant organisations shall also be ready to provide information and support to nationals from other EU/EEA countries not directly covered by their respective projects.

Applications shall also detail the innovative matching/recruiting methods to identifyand reach job seekers - integrating a demand-oriented strategy, as well as labour market integration services, financial support measures, and/or training programs to be provided. Applicant organizations are free to choose the activities, methods, and tools to implement their actions, provided they comply with the mandatory framework for the provision of assistance and financial support to target groups laid down in the Annex I ("Implementing Guide").

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Expected effects and impacts

The actions shall be quality-oriented and outcome-driven, offering quality work opportunities and employment services to enhance the skills and employability of job/traineeship/apprenticeship seekers.

The applicant organisations shall consistently work towards achieving the best matching results between job seekers and job offers, considering the potential long-term impact of placements and the required investments.

The overall objective of the 2024 call is to fund 3 to 4 projects, facilitating approximately 4000 (indicative) placements for mobile jobseekers in EU/EEA countries, other than their country of residence, in particular of young people.

Applications submitted under this call shall clearly indicate the expected quantitative outcome in terms of placements (jobs, and/or traineeships/apprenticeships).

Expected results

The activities will encompass the provision of direct services to jobseekers and employers, including:

  • information, matching, recruitment and placement; This may include innovative approaches and matching/recruitment methods to identify and reach individuals with particular skills, qualifications or profiles in line with the needs of specific labour sectors affected by labour shortages, in identified geographical area.
  • pre- and post-placement support (e.g., profiling and pre-selection of jobseekers, assessment of training needs and skills development, providing interview preparation support, offering information and assistance, addressing challenges that may arise during the early stages of employment, regular monitoring and assessing the performance and satisfaction of placed individuals and employers).
  • direct financial support to jobseekers to contribute to interview and relocation trip expenses, language training, and recognition of qualifications.
  • direct financial support to SMEs for training programmes for newly recruited individuals.

The action aims to:

  • reach the target groups aged over 18 and seeking a job, traineeship, or apprenticeship in another EU/EEA country;
  • address labour mobility obstacles, such as the cost of moving abroad, lack of language knowledge, integration of mobile workers in destination countries, as well as the need for specific training programs;
  • contribute to reducing labour market imbalances and address hard-to-fill vacancies, particularly in sectors with identified labour shortcomings based on recent national/EU labour market studies or other relevant data sources.

The activities funded under this call shall support the implementation of the EURES TMS objectives, ensuring the provision of customized employment services, including innovative working methods to:

  • Tackle labour and skills shortages.
  • Facilitate the matching and recruitment process supporting the placement of jobseekers in quality jobs, as well as the integration of mobile workers in the host countries.
  • Provide financial incentives, in compliance with the Annex I ("Implementing Guide").
  • Promote and disseminate activities/results to maximize impacts, addressing the challenges posed by labour shortages in identified economic sectors.

To this end, the action supported by the projects shall have at least the following six components:

  • Creation of a partnership involving different labour market actors focused on specific work integration areas facilitating inclusion of individuals into employment with a view to tackling labour market imbalances and skills shortages.
  • Establishment of cooperation arrangements within the partnership between EURES member/partner organisations and other labour market actors, in particular private employment services. This includes the exchange of labour market information as referred to in Article 30 EURES Regulation, providing support services to workers or employers in accordance with Articles 12, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 of the same Regulation, the promotion of and awareness raising for job opportunities, gradually broadening the EURES network.
  • Provision of services to jobseekers and employers, comprising at least labour market information and assistance with offers and vacancies, matching these with jobseekers and facilitate the placement/recruitment in the countries covered by the action. The provision of support services shall be adapted to the specificity and needs of targeted groups, as well as of the identified job sectors.
  • Identification of relevant economic sectors affected by labour/skills shortages in at least the geographical coverage of the consortium members (i.e. their countries of establishment). Where relevant, analysis may also be extended to the regional level.
  • In the context of the services indicated under point 3) above, provision of measures and direct financial support to both job seekers and SMEs, including the support for training programmes, as laid down in Annex I (“Implementing guide”).
  • Development of post-placement support measures for jobseekers and employers.

Additionally, actions may support the development of services and measures referred to under points 3 and 5 also for placement of jobseekers in traineeships and/or apprenticeships in another EU/EEA country, in compliance with the EURES Regulation and with the requirements of the Quality Framework for Traineeships.

Considering the information provided above, proposals must:

  • Focus on specific economic sectors/occupations affected by labour/skills shortages at least with in the geographical coverage of the consortium. Applicants shall justify the chosen and identified sectors/occupations, providing a clear rationale based on recent national/EU labour market studies or other relevant data sources.
  • Include quantitative targets of work placements, apprenticeships and/or traineeships, where applicable.
  • Identify target groups.
  • Present approaches integrating ways to address labour shortages throughlabour mobility.

The EURES TMS basic requirements applicable to job or work-based placements are set out in the relevant sections of Annex I. Applicants involved in the European Alliance for Apprenticeships may also explore the potential of the Alliance’s signatory employer organisations to offer work-based opportunities for mobile jobseekers.

The EURES TMS action is designed to facilitate the alleviation of labour market imbalances, particularly by addressing vacancy bottlenecks and shortages in the labour supply through effective mitigation strategies.

The selection of countries, economic sectors, and occupations prioritized in this action should be guided by a comprehensive analysis of the labour market situation. This analysis, incorporating mitigation measures, is crucial for identifying shortages and surpluses in EU/EEA countries and provides the basis for the implementation of the action.

The sources of evidence and the basis for this choice must be clearly explained in the proposal (Form B, ‘Description of the action’).

The EURES TMS scheme shall neither support the return mobility of jobseekers and workers to their EU/EEA country of origin or former country of residence, nor cross-border commuting where a worker works in one country and lives in her/his country of residence.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Iceland (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија)

eligible entities

EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Institutions, organisations and companies can apply for ESF funding by applying to a current call for projects (Call). Private individuals cannot apply for funding. They benefit through their participation in ESF-funded projects and funding programmes. Projects are selected on the basis of selection criteria and implemented by the project promoters.

Additional information


Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

24 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)

Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):

  • detailed budget table/calculator: not applicable
  • CVs (short outlines) of core project team
  • Activity reports of last year: not applicable
  • list of previous projects (key projects relating to free movement of workers or EURES in the last 3 years) - template available in Part B

Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B). Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.


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