Following a call for expressions of interest by experts to join the Maintenance Committee, the Commission has established a new committee. This body, which mainly provides advice on the methodological approach, quality assurance and on monitoring the progress of the development of ESCO content, has now 9 members who have been reconfirmed from the previous term and 8 new members. This reflects a balanced representation between the employment and education sectors.
The first meeting of the Maintenance Committee was held on the 18th September in Brussels, with an informal information event the day before for the new members. The European Commission welcomed the members whilst thanking them for their services. Since the new Commission led by President Junker, "skills and mobility" will be placed on top of the political agenda, the Commission re-iterated the support and commitment for ESCO.
The ESCO Maintenance Committee meeting was dedicated to fine-tuning the guidance material for the ESCO Reference Groups and monitoring the progress of the content development. Mr Tony Bird and Ms Gerd Goetschalckx have been re-appointed as chair and vice chair to the ESCO Maintenance Committee for the duration of the second ESCO Maintenance Committee term. The next Maintenance Committee meeting will take place on the 10th and 11th December 2014 in Brussels.