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EU proposal on qualifications will be beneficial to Ireland

15 December, 2004

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning welcomed a proposal which will see a number of existing EU education and training evidence documents integrated into a co-ordinated framework known as 'Europass'. The aim is to make qualifications and skills more transparent and comparable, and will see greater recognition given to qualifications gained in one EU member state and applied in another state. It will be of great benefit when applying for jobs at home and abroad.

The proposal was passed yesterday evening in the EU Parliament.

Ms de Brún said the proposal would be particularly beneficial for Ireland, where lack of mutual recognition of qualifications has been identified as a barrier to cross-border and all-Ireland working. Ms de Brún said that this proposal was 'another small step towards all Ireland integration and harmonisation'.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms de Brún said:

"Europass is an eminently sensible proposal which will undoubtedly make life easier for people moving throughout Ireland and between EU member states. Workers and students should find it particularly beneficial that Europass will incorporate the transparent communication of skills throughout the EU.

"The standard recognition of a number of documents throughout many of the EU's member states will, in theory, make study and work in the EU a much smoother process. Documents include a Curriculum Vitae and a Diplom Supplement setting out achievements at higher education level in the citizens' own country.

"This proposal will be extremely beneficial in Ireland. Europass presents another small step towards further all Ireland integration and harmonisation. Both myself and my colleague, Mary Lou McDonald, endorsed this motion in the European Parliament yesterday evening." ENDS

Note to editors:

By encouraging qualifications and skills to be transparent and comparable, the proposal is facilitating skill-related professional mobility in Europe. It aims to create a uniform portfolio of documents to give citizens the option of setting out their personal abilities, skills and qualifications in a clear, consistent and internationally transparent manner when applying for jobs at home and abroad.

The Europass portfolio consists of five documents:

  • the Europass curriculum vitae
  • the Europass mobility pass (for periods of education or training abroad)
  • the Europass diploma supplement (for university degrees)
  • the Europass language pass (for language knowledge)
  • the Europass certificate supplement (for training courses).

When applying for a job, citizens are free to use individual Europass documents or the whole portfolio.

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