OECD´s recent publication brings it to the point: Agile and pro-active PES are key to respond to the COVID-19 crisis – and EU PES indeed are in action.
The paper shows PES preventing unemployment through the facilitated use of short-time work schemes. While focusing on essential services as benefit payments, PES are ensuring access to customer services through various channels and encouraging jobseekers to remain active. Also, OECD draws lessons for PES exit strategies.
The PES Network is actively exchanging on measures responding to the crisis. Its Work Programme of course needed some adjustment due to changed priorities. Still, the cooperation and learning from each other in the crisis pays off – maybe even more than ever.