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News article3 April 2017European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Hungarian-Austrian EURES partnership helping startups

The way we work is changing, with many traditional jobs giving way to new technologies and more and more companies favouring contract work as opposed to standard employment.

Hungarian-Austrian EURES partnership helping startups

In Hungary and Austria, the EURES Pannonia cross-border partnership (EURES-T Pannonia) is responding to this changing reality by looking for new solutions to job matching – including self-employment. ‘Considering the current situation, we decided to start providing assistance beyond our traditional employee-focused training,’ says EURES Adviser Gábor Balabán. ‘Whether it be launching a start-up, working as a freelancer or starting a franchise, EURES-T Pannonia wants to provide interested jobseekers with the skills and training needed to successfully set off on their own.’

The self-employment toolbox

Although just a pilot programme, the initiative already offers practical ways to help people realise their goals. ‘As we just launched the pilot this year, it’s still very much a work in progress,’ says Balabán. ‘But we’ve already put together a solid toolbox of skills and trainings so those looking to go solo don’t have to set out alone.’

Training covers everything from the fundamentals of starting a business, such as understanding the legal and regulatory arena, to the cornerstones of running one, like surviving tax requirements.

A win-win opportunity

The cross-border region is an ideal setting in which to launch such an ambitious pilot programme. Thanks to social mobility, a Hungarian start-up can easily manufacture their products in Hungary and sell them in Austria. In other words, with the right skills, a start-up based in the cross-border region has access to a sizable international market. 

For the many Hungarians currently living and working in Austria, the programme also offers an opportunity to come home. ‘With the right training, these workers can come back to Hungary, set up their own business and possibly benefit from a better standard of living,’ explains Balabán. ‘At the same time, their businesses will create new jobs for other unemployed Hungarians – making it a true win-win opportunity.’  

About EURES cross-border partnerships

EURES cross-border partnerships are situated in areas that have a high-level of cross-border commuting. Their main purpose is to provide specific advice and guidance about labour mobility to workers living in one country and working in another. These cross-border partnerships bring together public employment and vocational training services, employers, trade unions, local authorities and institutions dealing with employment and vocational training, helping the organisations to achieve more as they work together.

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