Written by Monika Kiss (2nd edition),
With more than 60 million CVs created, the Europass framework is the best known European initiative for documenting skills, qualifications and professional experience. Despite having undergone several improvements since its launch, major challenges remain regarding its tools and services due to recent technical, educational and labour market developments.
The European Commission’s proposal would revise the Europass tools (and repeal Decision 2241/2004/EC). The objective is to ensure the realisation of the tools’ full potential and to update them so that they meet ever-shifting requirements (for instance, the increasing role of non-formal skills and digitalisation). It also aims to raise public awareness and to ensure better synergies with other online tools in the same domain, in order to allow matching, reuse and integration of data.
The proposal is based on two evaluations and includes four different scenarios which build progressively on each other. In the European Parliament, the Culture and Education Committee and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will jointly adopt a report on the topic. The draft joint report highlights the importance of the voluntary aspect of the Europass portal and its links to other tools in the field of education and training. Furthermore, it emphasises the importance of the national centres and of respecting the requirements and expectations of all users and providers.