The entry into force of the Implementing Decisions provided for in art.19 (2) and (6) of the EURES Regulation marks the start of the 3 years period during which Member States have to establish an initial inventory to map their national, regional and sectoral classifications to and from the European classification. The Commission is providing Member States with technical and financial assistance. To facilitate the mapping exercise, the Commission has released the ESCO mapping platform, an IT application designed to help establish and update inventories and mapping tables between national classifications and ESCO. In order to support Member States in using the mapping platform, the Commission has also published the ESCO Mapping Platform User Manual,a document to guide the users in the navigation through the mapping platform and describe how to use its functionalities to create and manage mapping relations. Those member States who wish to use the mapping platform, should fill in the questionnaire on the set up of a mapping project and share it with the Commission services at least 20 days before the date from when their services wish to benefit from the mapping platform.
To support the Member States in the mapping exercise, the Commission has published the ESCO Implementation Manual, a manual that explains the appropriate methodology for establishing accurate mapping relations between national occupation or skills concepts and ESCO concepts. The Manual details the criteria that Member States should take into consideration before deciding whether to map their national classifications to ESCO or replace them with ESCO, explains how to create mapping relations and suggests the step to take for an appropriate mapping.
Moreover, the Commission provided specific training sessions dedicated to mapping national classifications to ESCO. The training will take the form of webinars and will be organised by the European Commission throughout the 3 years period within which Member States need to adopt ESCO or map their national classifications to ESCO. The first training session took place on the 9th of November 2018. As follow up, the Commission published a questionnaire dedicated to Member States and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Finally, the European Commission is also ready to organise country visits upon specific request of Member States.