EUROPASS – A DEFINITE ASSET IN ANY DOMAIN
Europass is highly regarded as a complex modern initiative which enables people
from European Union Member States to provide prospective (international) employers
or universities with valuable insight into their competences and skills in different fields
as well as the qualifications they have obtained after finishing a course of study, the
educational and career accomplishments to date, the work experience gained and last
but not least, a thorough documentation as proof of the aforementioned information.
Europass represents an easily accessible electronic format based portfolio made
up of five complex documents which have been specifically drawn up with the aim of
empowering any European citizen with the possibility to make a record of the skills,
training and work experience acquired, in addition to allowing the targeted educational,
training or work institution to have access to a coherent accurate flow of information on
someone’s educational and professional background.
Two out of the five documents which the Europass portfolio consists of are
accessible to everybody and are to be completed by the citizens themselves: The
Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV) and The Europass Language Passport.
The Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV) gives information on someone’s skills and
qualifications and helps the targeted employer, training company or educational
institution to have access to a detailed description of their academic and professional
achievements. It is worth mentioning that there is a standard format for the Europass
CV so that every European citizen should present themselves in the same pellucid and
The Europass Language Passport enables European citizens to provide details of
their foreign language command or linguistic capabilities and takes the form of a
document that is more precisely an objective self-assessment of someone’s foreign
language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages (which is used to render language mastery in a universally accepted
standardised format throughout the entire continent and not only).
The other three documents which make up the Europass portfolio (The Europass
Mobility, The Europass Certificate Supplement and The Europass Diploma Supplement)
are completed by competent education authorities, training institutions or companies.
The Europass Mobility takes written notice of the knowledge and skills which
someone develops in another European country and describes a mobility experience
that someone has undergone as a result of spending a definite period of time in a
European country with the aim of studying, training or researching, irrespective of age
or educational level, and proves extremely useful for students who have carried out a
part of their studies in another European country as well as for those who have done a
school, work or voluntary placement abroad.
The Europass Certificate Supplement supports citizens who have vocational
education or training certificates or diplomas and gives further information on the
knowledge, competence and skills acquired throughout the course. Such information is
not available on the official certificate issued by the institution and The Supplement
proves its handiness especially in the case of prospective education centres or
employers abroad who are not familiar with the state of affairs in the issuing country.
The Europass Diploma Supplement is granted to holders of higher education
courses of study together with the parchment and detailed results obtained at all the
subjects studied throughout the university years. It provides information which is not
available on the official parchment but is nonetheless necessary for institutions outside
the issuing country for a better understanding of the skills and competences acquired by
the holder, the qualifications achieved as well as the entry requirements for admission
to the next level of higher education.
In conclusion, taking all the aforementioned into account and considering the fact
that it follows the same procedures throughout Europe and evokes the same accepted
standard of accuracy and reliability, it can be clearly stated that Europass simplifies and
forwards the successful mobility of both learners and workers on a European scale,
promoting a much clearer shaping of the content of curricula in addition to fostering not
only admittance to foreign colleges, universities or other types of higher education, but
also facilitating productive insertion on the European and global labour market.