Europass is the EU tool for living and working in Europe. Europass is a framework of tools and information that can help people to communicate their skills, qualifications and experiences to take the next step in their career.
The Europass platform was relaunched on 1 July 2020 as one of the flagship actions of the Skills Agenda.
Europass offers a range of online ‘e-Portfolio’ tools and information for people to manage their career:
- Europass users can register and create a proﬁle to record all their skills, qualiﬁcations and experiences. Users can add ﬁles (documents, diplomas, images) to a personal library so that their information and documents are all available in one secure location.
- Europass users will receive tailored suggestions of jobs (via EURES) and courses based on their experiences, interests and skills registered in their profile.
- Users can prepare CVs and cover letters using the online editor to create applications for jobs and courses. Users can also share a link to their proﬁle with employers, recruiters and employment services for advice and support on their careers.
- Users can also access information on learning and working in Europe including links to national services provided by Member States.
Europass Digital Credentials
As part of the Europass framework, the Commission has developed a set of software and services for education and training institutions to issue authentic, tamper-proof digital credentials (e.g. qualifications, diplomas, certificates). Europass Digital Credentials can support ‘paperless’ processes and easier recognition and understanding of qualifications across the EU.
Europass also offers a number of document templates to support the communication of skills and qualifications:
- 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 understood;
- 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 understood;
- 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 is Europass managed?
In April 2018, the revised Europass Decision was adopted by the Council and Europeran Parliament. The Decision sets out the goal of Europass to offer intuitive, modern tools that reflect people's needs in the context of today's labour market and education and training systems.
The Europass platform, launched on 1 July 2020, represents the first phase of implementation of the Europass Decision. The Commission co-operates with Members States, participating countries and labour market and education and training stakeholders to implement the Europass Decision.