ESCO Maintenance Committee

Role and responsibilities

The ESCO Maintenance Committee is a Commission expert group. It provides advice on the continuous technical and conceptual improvement of ESCO. It formulates opinions on the approach for technical implementation, on quality control principles and on the revision of ESCO data. Additionally, the Committee advises the Commission on the implementation of ESCO in processes and software applications (e.g. use of ESCO by the Public Employment Services, within EURES, by private job boards, for career guidance, for big data analysis and for a better linking of employment with education and training).

The ESCO Maintenance Committee is in particular responsible for:

  • Providing expertise concerning the continuous updating, improvement, management and dissemination of the ESCO classification;
  • Advising on the methodological approach to ESCO requirements and its compliance with stakeholders' requirements;
  • Advising on how ESCO can add most value through its use in applications;
  • Monitoring the progress of revision of the ESCO content;
  • Contributing to the quality assurance process;
  • For each proposal for a new ESCO release: i) review the proposal and the quality assurance process applied in its development, and ii) provide an opinion on the release of the proposal to the Commission.

Working methods

The ESCO Maintenance Committee schedules meetings to provide advice on the technical and conceptual improvement of ESCO. It meets four to six times per year. Meetings of the ESCO Maintenance Committee are held in English. Results of the meetings are documented in minutes and published on the ESCO Portal.

In ESCO documents, the ESCO Maintenance Committee is abbreviated as MAI.

History

First ESCO Maintenance Committee (2011-2013)

The Commission and the ESCO Board established the ESCO Maintenance Committee in 2011. The mandate of the first ESCO Maintenance Committee covered the years 2011 to 2013. A major achievement during this mandate was the Go Live of ESCO v0 on 23 October 2013. The first ESCO Maintenance Committee held ten regular meetings and one transition meeting in early 2014, all of them in Brussels:

Second ESCO Maintenance Committee (2014-2017)

The Commission services have launched the second term of the ESCO Maintenance Committee under the new Terms of Reference. It will cover the period 2014 to 2017. The second ESCO Maintenance Committee held the following regular meeting, all of them in Brussels:

Third ESCO Maintenance Committee (2018-2022)

The Commission services have launched the third term of the ESCO Maintenance Committee under the new Terms of Reference. It will cover the period 2018 to 2022 and its members will provide technical advice on ESCO's implementation in software applications, on quality control and technical and conceptual improvement of ESCO. The third ESCO Maintenance Committee held the following regular meetings, all of them in Brussels:

Composition

The ESCO Maintenance Committee consists of experts for classification systems and terminology of the labour market and of education and training. Members of the ESCO Maintenance Committee are appointed on the basis of their personal expertise and do not officially represent organisations or Member States.

Members

List of ESCO Maintenance Committee members
Name Membership
Marcel Bakker Member
Tony Bird Member
Tina CERK Member
Katerina FLAKA Member
Gerd GOETSCHALCKX Member
Alison HAROLD Member
Peter MIRSKI Member
Lelde KIKUTE Member
Marek KOPYT Member
Tibor KOVACS Member
Diana KOZAKOVA Member
Wolfgang KREHER Member
Veronica MESSORI Member
Leo MRSIC Member
Keneth OE SUNDIN Member
Nicolae POSTVARAU Member
Cecile RAMOMBORDES Member
Simone RAVAIOLI Member
Kinga SZEBENI Member
Martin ULOVEC Member
Sarah VALK Member
Karin VAN DER SANDEN Member
Jeroen ASPESLAGH Observer
Ana FRANCO LOPES Observer
Vladimir KVETAN Observer