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What is the legal basis of the PES, which tasks, aims and organisational structure are specified by law

Key law

The Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service (VDAB) was originally created as a Flemish public institution by the decree of 20 March 1984. The decree of 7 May 2004 recreates the VDAB as an external autonomous agency under public law with legal personality. This decree came into effect on 1 April 2006.

Tasks of the PES

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On the social level, its prime role is to put employers and jobseekers in touch with each other. The VDAB is committed to providing the best possible assistance to every jobseeker in his or her search for an appropriate job.

Economically, the VDAB wants to be a reliable partner in human resources management.

To carry out its task as efficiently as possible, the VDAB offers an extensive and efficient service package.

The VDAB continuously optimises its services by using the most recent communication technology: public media, job computers in public places, a call centre and a website.

Legal status

The VDAB is an external autonomous agency under public law with legal personality.

Aims of the PES


VDAB’s mission is to guarantee, organise, and promote both placement services in the interest of employers, employees and jobseekers and guidance and training with a view to lifelong and sustainable integration into the labour market of jobseekers and employees, and this in the interest of employers, employees, and jobseekers alike.


  • realize a comprehensive approach in its key mission of services for jobseekers, as provided for in the Flemish Government Agreement 2004-2009, which determines that every jobseeker be summoned within 6 months to follow an adapted and obligatory individual employment trajectory;
  • fulfil its role as a director on the Flemish labour market
  • contribute to improving the harmonisation of supply and demand on the labour market;
  • conclude cooperative agreements with all actors, including outsourcing, in conformity with the Flemish Government Agreement 2004-2009, by adopting a partnership approach, and the conclusion of cooperative agreements with all actors;
  • pursue, through its actions, proportionate participation of ‘potential groups’ (i.e., groups with potential) on the labour market;
  • take the necessary measures to counteract any type of direct or indirect discrimination on the labour market, and, both in its role of director and actor, realize the goals set forth in the decree of 8 May 2002 regarding proportionate labour market participation;
  • promote adaptability and employability of jobseekers, employees and employers;
  • optimise its basket of instruments by continuous efforts to make them even more transparent, efficient, and effective.

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