General questions on the europass
What is the europass?
The europass has its basis in the EU Council Resolution of 15 December 2004 which adopted the europass Framework Concept. The aim is for the five documents which constitute the europass to assist the citizens of Europe in portraying their qualifications and competences in a transparent manner so as to enable them to present themselves better on their national labour market and on the European labour market.
How much do the europass documents cost?
All documents are free of charge.
What are the benefits of the europass?
The europass enables a transparent representation of all the accumulated competences and skills required for the exercise of an occupation. The same also applies to social competences. The europass ensures that a person’s profile is clear and recognisable. It opens up better opportunities on the labour market both at home and abroad by providing documents in all EU languages which are comparable right across Europe.
May I fill out europass documents as a trial?
Both the europass Curriculum Vitae and the europass Language passport can be filled out directly online by users. Once they have been completed, these documents can be saved on your own PC and edited and supplemented in any way you wish and at any time. It is possible to fill out the europass Mobility on a trial basis. Home organisations may submit a demo application, once they have registered.
Can I add photographs to the europass documents?
Yes, you have the opportunity to add a photo to the europass Curriculum Vitae. Photos which you have saved on your own PC may also be added to the document.
For which target groups are there brochures and where can I order these?
Comprehensive information on the europass is available for users (adults, young people, pupils), for teachers at schools and vocational schools, for human resources managers in companies and for institutional applicants. A list of all publications is available here.
Which countries are participating in the europass? In which countries is the europass valid?
The europass has been introduced in all 27 EU member countries, in the EEA states of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and in Switzerland, Macedonia, Turkey and Croatia and is valid in all of these.
Can I only use the europass if I use all five documents?
No, you can use each document individually in an area which makes sense for you. It also does not matter whether you use the documents in paper or electronic form. One restriction is that in Germany only the paper version of the europass Mobility is considered to be the original document. When making electronic applications, applicants will need to bring the original document bearing the stamps and signatures of the home and host organisations to any job interview.
In which languages are the documents available?
The europass Curriculum Vitae and the europass Language Passport may be completed in all EU languages. In Germany, only five languages are available for the europass Mobility. Although the europass Diploma Supplement should be completed in English only, some member states offer documents in their respective national languages. In Germany, the europass Certificate Supplements are available in German, English and French.
What is the nature of the role played by the National Agency at BIBB?
The National Agency houses the National Europass Centre (NEC) for Germany. Its tasks are to make the europass documents accessible for all citizens and to provide public information and appropriate advisory services on the europass and its instruments. Further issuing and advisory bodies also exist alongside the NEC.
How do I find the National Europass Centres (NEC) in other EU countries?
Contact information for the Europass Centres in all EU countries is available on the CEDEFOP website.
Which programmes are of significance within the context of the europass?
The EU Community Programme “Lifelong Learning” (PLL; Link) has been the relevant programme for the europass since January 2007. The four main pillars of PLL are: Comenius (school education; link), Erasmus (higher education; link), Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education and training; link) and Grundtvig (adult education; link). There are also the bilateral programmes funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). These constitute Training Bridge (a bilateral exchange between Germany and the United Kingdom; link), BAND (a bilateral exchange between Germany and the Netherlands; link) Gjørdet (a bilateral exchange between Germany and Norway; link) and the Franco-German programmes run by the German-French Secretariat (DFS; link) and the German-French Youth Office (DFJW; link). IMPORTANT: anyone can also use the europass and enjoy the benefits it offers without having to take part in funded programmes.
How will the europass develop in future?
europass documents have been designed with the future in mind, and the next few years will see a constant increase in their significance. More and more institutions, chambers and associations are actively considering establishing individual europass documents as compulsory templates for their applications procedures. In other words, putting your faith in europass today will reap guaranteed benefits tomorrow.
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