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ESCO Member States Working Group

The ESCO Member States Working Group (MSWG) is composed by representatives of Member States’ authorities and its aim is to support the development and implementation of ESCO, including its links with the updated EURES regulation.





The main objective of the MSWG is to advise and support the Commission on the implementation and development of ESCO and ensure its interoperability with the national classification systems on employment.

The Commission has decided to set up a  newinformal expert group to support the Commission from 2022 to 2025 (or until the next major version of ESCO is released) in the further development of ESCO.


Role and responsibilities


  • to act as consultation and information forum on ESCO between Commission, Member States' authorities and European social partners and to stimulate the uptake of ESCO in the labour market and in education at national level.

  • to provide expertise concerning the continuous updating, improvement, management and quality assurance of the ESCO classification.

  • The group will also cooperate with other European Union working groups whose remit includes policy management of topics related to EU skills and qualifications, such as the EURES Coordination Group (ECG), the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Advisory Group or the Europass Advisory Group.

  • to support the Commission in the preparation of the next version of ESCO classification (ESCO v.1.2), and provide terminological and linguistic feedback.

  • to identify relevant data sources supporting the continuous improvement and the evolution of ESCO.

  • to assist the Commission in the implementation of ESCO related projects at national level and the continuous quality improvement of ESCO, including its fitness-for-purpose in various use cases and its interoperability with related national classification systems.

  • to support the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/589 of the European Parliament and the Council on a European Network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets (EURES) and its ESCO related implementing acts.


Working methods


The Commission schedules the meetings whenever required, at least once a year, virtually or in Brussels as a general rule. Meetings of the MSWG are held in English. Results of the meetings are documented in minutes and published on the ESCO Portal.

The Commission can set up sub-groups for the purpose of examining specific questions on the basis of defined terms of reference. The sub-groups shall operate in compliance with the horizontal rules and shall report to the group. They shall be dissolved as soon as their mandate is fulfilled. The chair may also invite experts with specific expertise with respect to a subject matter on the agenda to take part in the work of the group or sub-groups on an ad hoc basis. Additionally,  organisations, candidate countries, EEA countries, or public entities other than Member States’ authorities may be granted an observer status, particularly European social partners on cross-industry level on employment and education and training affairs, in compliance with the horizontal rules, by direct invitation.






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The group is composed of representatives from the Member States. Each member shall appoint one national expert as a representative of the group. Members of the group should have experience and knowledge in some or all of the following fields: 


  • Development, management, dissemination or usage of taxonomies, metadata, controlled vocabularies and/or classification systems;
  • Terminologies used in the labour market, education or training, in particular related to occupations, competences, qualifications and learning outcomes;
  • European/international standards, frameworks or classifications used in the labour market, education or training, such as ISCO, NACE, EQF, e-Competence Framework, ISCED, etc;
  • National classification systems