Launched by the European Commission, ESCO is the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO).

The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian). ESCO facilitates the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that could help overcome labour market imbalances and increase occupational and geographical mobility in the EU.

ESCO connects people and jobs, by providing a common language that helps jobseekers to find the job that best matches their skills; it connects employment and education, as education providers can use it to describe the expected learning outcomes of their curricula and to understand better the labour market trends and future skills needs and, finally, it connects labour markets at EU level, by acting as the digital enabler of labour market mobility.