Europass is aimed at promoting mobility and dialogue.

Background Information on Europass

The European Commission and CEDEFOP began a co-operative project in 1998 (called the European Forum on Transparency of Vocational Qualification) that had the aim of getting together all the parties of the labour market as well as national authorities in order to facilitate better recognition and transparency of qualifications.

At the time the work resulted two documents: the Europass CV and the Europass Certificate Supplement. At the same time a network for national contact points concerning vocational examinations was created.

One of Europass’ main goals during its existence has been removing obstacles caused by lack of information about vocational education and training. The aim was also to enhance dialogue between already existing initiatives, solutions and institutions and thus to encourage to carry out already existing political solutions as well as to find new. These goals are still as topical today, as they were in the past.

Europass comprises also other documents that were produced on a European level at the end of 1990s. These documents are the Europass Language Passport, the Europass Mobility and the Europass Diploma Supplement. Europass Language Passport is part of the European language portfolio created by the European Council where citizens can record their language skills using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Europass Mobility –document replaced the former Europass Training –document that had been created through the council’s decision 1999/51/EC. Europass Training was used from 2000 to 2005. It was a document where one could collect information about their experiences of working abroad as part of an education initiative. Between 2000 and 2004 over 100 000 Europasses were granted.

In 2002 European Forum on the Transparency of Vocational Qualifications was replaced with a technical working group. Its mission was “to increase vocational education’s openness exercising and rationalizing the tools of information and networks into one frame including Europass CV, Diploma Supplements, the Common European Framework of References for Languages and Europass” as requested in the Copenhagen Declaration.

To fulfill this ambitious mission the working group created a model for a common framework and a prototype for a webpage.

After hearing national authorities and the labour market the European Commission composed in 2003 a proposition for European Parliament’s and European Council’s decision for clarifying requirements of common degree and qualification requirements (Europass). European Parliament and European Council accepted this proposition in December 2004.