Europass — supporting learning and working in Europe

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision (EU) 2018/646 on a common framework for the provision of better services for skills and qualifications (Europass)

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?

It updates the Europass service to help people communicate their skills, qualifications and experience using standardised templates. This aims to meet the evolving needs of:

Europass is based on web-based tools and relevant available information. Its use is entirely voluntary.

The decision repeals Decision No 2241/2004/EC.

KEY POINTS

Europass uses an online platform to provide:

The online platform and the web-based tools and content:

Europass supplements:

The Commission:

EU countries’ national authorities are responsible for implementing the system and providing it with the necessary support and visibility, including links to relevant national websites.

The Europass system:

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 22 May 2018.

BACKGROUND

On 10 June 2016, the Commission issued a communication ‘The New Skills Agenda for Europe’. This was designed to make skills more visible and comparable to help individuals make better career choices.

One of its 10 proposals was to update the original Europass framework adopted in 2004 (Decision No 2241/2004/EC). This contains a set of 5 templates to help people identify their skills and qualifications to create CVs and portfolios.

Europass aims to reach all potential users, including the less-well educated, the elderly, the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities, as well as the highly educated and digitally literate.

Since 2005, over 93 million document templates have been downloaded and over 60 million Europass CVs created online.

For more information, see:

KEY TERMS

Skills: what a person knows, understands and can do through formal, informal or non-formal learning.
Europass supplements: documents, such as diplomas and certificates, issued by the relevant authority.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Decision (EU) 2018/646 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 April 2018 on a common framework for the provision of better services for skills and qualifications (Europass) and repealing Decision No 2241/2004/EC (OJ L 112, 2.5.2018, pp. 42-50)

RELATED DOCUMENT

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — A New Skills Agenda for Europe: Working together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness (COM(2016) 381 final, 10.6.2016)

last update 28.06.2019