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  • New glossary - Terminology of European education and training policy (Second edition)

    What is the difference between skill gap, skill needs or skill shortage? Is underqualification a synonym for undereducation or underskilling? What is the meaning of green skills?

    This multilingual glossary defines 130 key terms used in European education and training policy.

  • Europass cover letter editor is up and running

    A cover letter editor was launched on 7 April 2014. Main features:

    • user-friendly online interface with direct preview of the final document;
    • layout in line with the Europass graphical identity;
    • assistant menu (right click) with wording suggestions.
  • New Language Passport online

    A new Europass Language Passport (template and online editor) was launched on 9 December 2013. Improvements include:

    • more user-friendly online interface with direct preview of the final document;
    • new graphical identity for better legibility of Language Passport generated: new font, use of colours, simplified headings, etc.
  • Europass website available in Macedonian

    Добредојде! The Macedonian version of the Europass website is now online. This brings up to 27 the number of languages in which Europass is available.

  • Europass interoperability portal launched

    The new Europass Interoperability portal is up and running at

    This portal gathers in a clear and concise way technical information concerning Europass interoperability, such as:

    • data model and interchange formats underlying Europass documents
    • web services to integrate Europass with other software applications

    It is mainly targeted at software developers, recruiters and employment services.

  • New CV and European Skills Passport online

    A new Europass CV (template and online editor) was launched on 12 December 2012. Improvements include:

    • more user-friendly online interface with direct preview of the final document;
    • new headings: Personal website, Instant messaging, Language certificate(s);
    • improved tutorials for better structured information: description of projects, conferences, publications, etc.;
    • new graphical identity for better legibility of Europass CV generated: new font, use of colours, simplified headings, etc.

    Also, the European Skills Passport was launched together with the new CV. The ESP is a user-friendly electronic folder to help students, workers or job-seekers build up personal, modular inventory of personal skills and qualifications acquired throughout life.

    he European Skills Passport can contain a range of documents (Language Passport, copies of degrees, attestations of employment, etc.).

  • Europass 2005-2020: Achievements and perspectives

    Seven years after its launch, millions of people use Europass. Changes to link it with other European tools will make people’s skills and qualifications more visible.

    Download briefing note

  • A fresh new start for the Europass website

    After almost 7 years of success in assisting citizens to make their skills and qualifications clearly understoodwhen working or learning in Europe, the Europass website now undergoes a radical redesign with a new, modern graphic identity. Improved navigation provides quicker access to the most popular information. The Europass website and the online CV/LP editor continue to attract more and more citizens every month (1.2 million visits in November 2011).

  • New version of Europass web services

    Europass has made available a second version of the SOAP based web services, that extends the supported conversions formats to include HR-XML 2.5, JSON and HTML, apart from Microsoft Word, OpenDocument Text and Acrobat PDF.

    Europass encourages integration with systems and environments that maintain a repository of personal data and offer different services:

    • job matching (eg job portals, employment agencies)
    • promotion (eg. career offices, human resource management offices)
    • profile maintaining (eg blog publishing tools, social networking sites)

    To this end, a second version of the SOAP based web services has been made available.

    New features

    The most important is that the conversion services have been enriched to support conversions between numerous formats.

    The web services of the first version support conversions to Microsoft Word 97-2003, OpenDocument Text ver2  and Acrobat PDF based on a Europass XML.

    The web services of this version have been enrichedand support the following file formats: 

    • Europass XML 2.0
    • HR-XML 2.5
    • Adobe PDF with Europass XML 2.0 attachment
    • Adobe PDF with HR-XML 2.5 attachment
    • Europass JSON 2.0
    • Microsoft Word 97-2003
    • OpenDocument ver 2 Text
    • HTML

    More specifically the converted HR-XML documents adhere to version 2.5, while the converted JSON documents follow the Europass JSON Schema.

    Furthermore, the new web services accept various formats as input. So, besides Europass XML, conversionsare supported for Europass PDF with XML attachment, HR-XML 2.5 and Europass JSON.

    In the Web Services page of the Europass website you may find numerous examples for calling the web services (for Java and PHP), as well as a Java-based client tool to call the services and a Java library to include in your code. Also the documentation of the services is further updated and enriched aiming to effectively support the Europass users.

    You may find detailed documentation on the new services here.

    If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact us.

  • Case study by for Europass XML

    ​To highlight the achievements of the Europass XML project, SEMIC.EU (Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe) has published a Case study in the library.