European Skills, Competencies, Qualifications and Occupations


ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO is part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The Commission services launched the project in 2010 with an open stakeholder consultation. DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – supported by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training Cedefop – coordinates the development of ESCO. Stakeholders are closely involved in the development and dissemination of ESCO.

The ESCO classification identifies and categorises skills, competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training. It systematically shows the relationships between the different concepts. ESCO has been developed in an open IT format, is available for use free of charge by everyone and can be accessed via the ESCO portal.

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Skills and Competencies

ESCO is an ‘enabling tool’ that can be used to provide different services in several business cases.
1 Bridging the communication gap between education and work
2 Online matching of people to jobs
3 Enabling mobility
4 Supporting education and training in the shift to learning outcomes
5 Supporting skills intelligence and statistics


ESCO Online Consultation

on skills in the transport sector launched

On 14 October 2015, the European Commission launched the consultation process for the development of ESCO (European Classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations).

ESCO ConsultationAs part of the Europe 2020 strategy, ESCO is a multilingual platform which identifies and categorizes skills, competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training. A pilot version of ESCO was published in 2013. Currently the European Commission is developing ESCO v1 to be published by 2016, with the help of stakeholders.

ESCO covers all economic areas and is clustered in 27 sectors, 11 of which are already finalised. To develop the remaining 16 sectors, the European Commission is asking the advice and input of experts via the online consultation.

Online consultation period: 14/10/2015 – 09/12/2015

Target participants: European stakeholders with expertise in one economic sector and understanding of the terminology and structure of occupations, skills, competences and/or qualifications within that sector.

All interested stakeholders are invited to register via

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