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Europass is a service to help individuals to communicate their skills, qualifications and experience through the use of standardised documents templates. At the core of the existing Europass Framework is a portfolio of documents:
- the Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV) completed by any individual to describe their skills, qualifications and experiences;
- the Europass Language Passport (ELP) completed by any individual to report on his or her language skills;
- the Europass Certificate Supplement (ECS) issued by the authorities that award vocational educational and training certificates, to add further information on these certificates so as to make them more easily understandable especially by employers or institutions outside the issuing country;
- the Europass Diploma Supplement (EDS) issued by higher education institutions to their graduates along with their degree or diploma to make these educational qualifications more easily understandable, especially outside the country where they were awarded;
- the Europass Mobility (EM) for recording any organised period of time that a person spends in another European country for the purpose of learning or training.
How does Europass work?
The Europass documents support the sharing of information on skills and qualifications in a consistent way across borders. The documents seek to support the needs of learners, job-seekers and employees as well as employers and education and training institutions to understand and communicate easily on skills and qualifications.
The documents are available in 27 languages and support consistent and easier understanding of information across Europe.
Since 2005, Europass has had
- more than 126 million website visits;
- over 93 million document templates have been downloaded
- while more than 60 million Europass CVs, by far the most popular tool, have been created online.
The new Europass
In October 2016, the Commission adopted proposals to revise the 2004 Europass Decision. The new Europass Framework will offer intuitive, modern tools that reflect people's needs in the context of today's labour market and education and training systems.
The new Europass will
- offer services to enable people identify and communicate their skills and qualifications, such as an enhanced tool for creating CVs and portfolios, as well as self-assessment tools to help individuals understand the value of their skills.
- also include a range of relevant information on learning opportunities, qualifications and guidance.
The result will be that users can access a full range of services on skills and qualifications in a single location.
The new Europass Framework will work with other services across the labour and education and training systems to allow an easier exchange of information and data. Europass will continue to evolve over time in line with users' needs and make best use of technology.