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1 ESCO (2015) SEC 031 DRAFT Creation Date: 09/02/2015 Last update: 26/05/2015 Item 1 Opening of the meeting MINUTES 13th meeting of the ESCO Board 29 th of January 2015 Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie Avenue Louise 91-93, B-1050 Belgium Mr Jeremy Groombridge chaired the ESCO Board meeting. He welcomed: Ms Isabelle Michel as new ESCO Board member, replacing Mr Erik Schmidt from ETUC, Mr James Calleja, Director of Cedefop, Mr Detlef Eckert, Director C DG EMPL, Ms Ana Carla Pereira, Head of the DG EMPL unit C3 "Skills and Qualifications", Mr Pedro Chaves, Mr Barend Jan De Jong, Ms Angeliki Dedopoulou and Ms Aikaterini Sylla as new members of the ESCO Secretariat. Mr Groombridge informed the ESCO Board on the excused absentees for this meeting: Three members: Mr Göran Åhman, Mr Miguel Fernandez, Mr Jean Hoffman. The ESCO Board unanimously adopted the draft minutes of the 12th ESCO Board meeting and the agenda of the meeting. Item 2 Rethinking ESCO [for information] Mr Detlef Eckert informed the ESCO Board on the Commission decision to review the working methods and timeline of ESCO ESCO Rethink. This approach foresees a more efficient and quicker development of ESCO, saving resources. Mr Eckert announced the release of ESCO v1.0 for end of He updated the ESCO Board on the ongoing negotiations for a new EURES Regulation and the impact on the ESCO project. Furthermore, Mr Eckert explained that a Member State Expert Group on ESCO will be established in the course of The information point was concluded with a round of questions from the ESCO Board to Mr Eckert and Ms Ana Carla Pereira. 1

2 Item 3 ESCO strategic framework [for consultation] Mr Martin Le Vrang presented the second draft for a strategic framework for ESCO to the ESCO Board for consultation. The strategic framework includes the vision, the mission, ESCO s position towards other / complementary national and EU initiatives, the added value of ESCO and guiding principles for the development of ESCO. The ESCO Secretariat developed the strategic framework in close cooperation with the ESCO Board. Advice of the ESCO Board: The ESCO Board welcomed the improved draft ESCO strategic framework. The ESCO Board commented on the document and advised the ESCO Secretariat to take these comments into account for the next iteration of the deliverable. The ESCO Board commented mainly on: the scope of the vision statement; finding the balance between demonstrating the added value of ESCO and managing stakeholder expectations; the sustainability of ESCO and the need to establish the approach for the continuous updating of ESCO after 2016; limiting the use of technical terms and explain them, in case they cannot be replaced by simpler wordings. The ESCO Secretariat will further improve the ESCO strategic framework and circulate the 3 rd draft for feedback through written procedure before the 14 th ESCO Board meeting. The ESCO Secretariat will provide a 4 th and final draft of the ESCO strategic framework for the 14 th ESCO Board meeting. Item 4 Establishing a Member State expert group for ESCO [for information] Mr Pedro Chaves informed the ESCO Board about the Member State expert group the Commission will establish in the course of Mr Chaves explained how the Commission will invite the Permanent Representatives to nominate one candidate from the education and training and one from the employment sector. Furthermore, he outlined Member State expert group mandate and its relationship and cooperation with the ESCO Board. The ESCO Board expressed concerns about the possible overlap 2

3 between this Member State Expert Group and the ESCO Board and Maintenance Committee, and on the way that members of this new group will be recruited in the Member States. Item 5 Developing ESCO for the remaining 16 sectors [for information] Mr Vito Spinelli informed the ESCO Board on the timeline to develop the remaining 16 sectors for ESCO v1 through online consultation. The ESCO Board asked to connect this ambitious time table to an active risk management and to inform the Board on progress made or difficulties in finding the right experts within these new sectors. The ESCO Secretariat will share the list of the remaining 16 sectors to be developed for ESCO v1 with the ESCO Board. The ESCO Secretariat will update ESCOpedia with information about the online consultation procedure and include there a list of the 16 remaining sectors to be established for ESCO v1. The ESCO Secretariat will present this document to the Maintenance Committee. Item 6 ESCO Communication strategy [for consultation] Mr Aldo Laudi started with an overview of the different phases the communication strategy went through since December Ms Aikaterini Sylla continued with a presentation of the three key elements from the ESCO Communication strategy: the ESCO story, communication cycle and communication guiding principles. Finally, Mr Aldo Laudi elaborated on the plans to develop a communication toolbox for ESCO and closed with an overview of the communication activities scheduled for Advice of the ESCO Board: The ESCO Board is pleased with the progress made on the ESCO Communication strategy. Through a round of table, all ESCO Board members have provided their feedback on the matter. This feedback should: feed into an update of the ESCO Communication strategy, including an ESCO distinctive positioning as a project and final product; 3

4 be the basis to further refine the idea of the ESCO Communication Toolbox including concrete show cases demonstrating the added value of ESCO; be the start to develop the first ESCO communication tools. The ESCO Secretariat will update the ESCO Communication Strategy with the feedback of the ESCO Board. The ESCO Secretariat will focus in 2015 to provide a first set of ESCO communication tools. One element of the toolbox, the short presentation, will be made available in English, French and German.The ESCO Board will inform the ESCO Secretariat on upcoming communication activities/opportunities for ESCO on which the Secretariat or individual ESCO Board members can present ESCO. Item 7 ESCO Project Plan Vision [for consultation] Mr Barend Jan De Jong presented the ESCO Board with the ESCO Project Plan Vision. He explained the set-up of the ESCO Project Plan and the next steps to take. Mr De Jong emphasised that the project plan is subject to continuous adjustments. During each ESCO Board meeting, the Secretariat will brief the ESCO Board on the ESCO Project Status. Advice of the ESCO Board: The ESCO Board recognises the need for project management tools to follow up on the project status and progress. It emphasises the need for a risk dashboard to facilitate active risk management. The ESCO Board advised to continue with the project management, as presented. Each ESCO Board meeting, the ESCO Secretariat will inform the ESCO Board on the ESCO Project Status. Item 8 Towards a work program for the 2nd ESCO Board term [for consultation] Ms Katrien Vander Kuylen presented the key messages from the draft ESCO Board work program. The ESCO Board will provide their feedback on the draft ESCO Board work program to Ms Vander Kuylen by the 15 th of April

5 The ESCO Secretariat will update the draft ESCO Board work program taking this feedback into account for the next ESCO Board meeting. Item 9 ESCO Maintenance Committee: status update Mr Tony Bird updated the ESCO Board on the latest news from the ESCO Maintenance Committee and the sign-off meetings with the Reference Groups. Item 10 AOB The ESCO Secretariat will circulate an online poll to the members and permanent observers of the ESCO Board to set the dates for the next meetings. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Documents adopted on the 13 th meeting of the ESCO Board Minutes of the 12 th ESCO Board meeting Agenda for the 13 th ESCO Board meeting ESCO (2014) BOA 005 FINAL ESCO (2015) BOA 001 FINAL * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 5

6 Participants ESCO Board Members - BEZZINA Doriana The Ministry of education and employment of Malta - BOOMGAERT Wilfried The Ministry of education and training of Flanders, Belgium and the EQF Advisory Group - BOUQUET Brigitte Ministère du travail, de l emploi, de la formation professionnelle et du dialogue social and the EQF Advisory group - CLOET Johan EURASHE, the European Association of Higher Education Institutions - DANEV Bojidar Bulgarian Industrial Association - GROOMBRIDGE Jeremy Independent Consultant - HODSON Peter EFVET, the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training - MAES Katrien LERU office, the League of European Research Universities - MICHEL Isabelle FGTB wallone - PENNEL Denis EUROCIETT, European Confederation of Private Employment Services - SKJERVE Tormod EUROCHAMBERS, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry - THIELE Peter Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany - WILSON Tom Unionlearn Permanent observers to the ESCO Board - BIRD Tony ESCO Maintenance Committee - CALLEJA James CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) - ECKERT Detlef Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion - PEREIRA Ana Carla Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion - PERISTERAS Vassilios DIGIT - ZAGOROWICZ Klaudia DG Translation 6

7 ESCO Secretariat - BJORNAVOLD Jens CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) - CHAVES Pedro DG Education and Culture - DE JONG Barend Jan TenForce bvba - LAUDI Aldo DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - LE VRANG Martin DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - LEPUR Mira TenForce bvba - PERERA Cristina TenForce bvba - SPINELLI Vito TenForce bvba - SYLLA Aikaterini TenForce bvba - VANDER KUYLEN Katrien TenForce bvba Excused - HOFFMANN Jean ADEM, the National Public employment service of Luxembourg - ÅHMAN Göran Swedish PES (Arbetsförmedlingen) - FERNANDEZ DIEZ Miguel The Ministry of employment and social security of Spain 7

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