Dimitrios Pikios is the Business Manager of the New Europass and of ESCO, the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations, at the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.
Dimitrios received his bachelor degree in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MBA from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He started at the European Commission in 2008, after having worked for more than five years as a credit risk analyst in corporate banking in Greece.
Digital Qualifications in the New Europass
According to Article 3 of the New Europass Decision, the New Europass web-based platform will provide (among others) Digital Qualifications, i.e. verifiable and secure demonstration of qualifications and skills (modernisation of existing Diploma and Certificate Supplements-documents). In particular, the New Europass Decision specifies that “Europass shall support authentication services for any digital documents or representations of information on skills and qualifications. In the Digital Education Action Plan, launched recently by the Commission, a technical framework for digitally signed qualifications was announced, to be implemented through the New Europass. The talk will explain how the European Commission is planning to deliver a new Europass platform to be launched by December 2019.