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HR-XML Europe to Focus on Integration across National Initiatives and on Driving Standards Adoption in Europe

Brussels, 12 July 2004 - The HR-XML Consortium today announced the formation of a European chapter chartered with driving the development and adoption of HR-XML standards by employers, HR services companies, software developers and government agencies across Europe.

The HR-XML Consortium is dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of XML specifications to enable e-business and the automation of human resources-related data exchanges.

HR-XML Consortium Europe is a locally based organization chartered with ensuring that standards fully meet the needs of organizations in Europe and promoting them across all areas of the HR industry. HR-XML Europe will continue to work closely with HR-XML and its other international initiatives to ensure a consistent approach to HR standardization worldwide.

The initial board of directors, chaired by PJ Bruyniks of Randstad, includes representatives from the following organisations: Abtech Partnership, Adelior, AMS, CWI, Humanique, Le Forem, Milch & Zucher, Solvus, StepStone ASA, Synergetics NV and TheSkillsMarket Ltd

According to Chuck Allen, Executive Director of the HR-XML Consortium “Creating a strong locally-based European chapter is the most effective way for us to drive the benefits of XML standardization to organizations in Europe. The enthusiasm and commitment we have seen from the European founders makes me confident that we can make a quick and significant impact in Europe.”


HR-XML Europe is an independent non-profit organization run by its members. Membership is open to companies, government agencies and individuals within the HR field and across Europe who support the objectives of the group. Membership allows participants to directly contribute to and influence the development of HR standards for Europe. Organisations and individuals interested in membership should register at the Consortium’s web site at

“With the growing awareness of the role technology can play in improving efficiency and effectiveness across all areas of HR, the time is right to bring HR-XML to Europe. We are looking particularly to EU and government agencies across Europe to support us, in recognition of the many benefits that can be achieved from a common approach to HR information exchange,” added PJ Bruyniks, Chairman of HR-XML Consortium Europe.

About HR-XML Consortium

HR-XML ( is an independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to enabling e-commerce and inter-company exchange of human resources data worldwide. The work of the Consortium centres on the development and promotion of standardized XML vocabularies for HR. HR-XML's current efforts are focused on standards for staffing and recruiting, compensation and benefits, training and work force management. HR-XML is represented by its membership in 22 countries, and in Europe through its affiliate organization, HR-XML Consortium Europe.

For further information, please contact:

PJ Bruyniks Chuck Allen
HR-XML Consortium Europe HR-XML Consortium
Tel: +31 (0) 6- Tel: +1 919 247 6881
Email: Email:

Board of Directors

Alan Whitford UK Abtech Partnership

Eric Bernard Belgium Adelior +32 496 258594

Göran Åhman Sweden AMS

Paul Moeskops Netherlands CWI

Jeroen Schmit Netherlands Humanique
+31 (0) 626216228

Jean-Claude Xheneumont Belgium Le Forem

Ingolf Teetz Germany milch &

Rob Zandbergen Netherlands Solvus

John Spiers UK StepStone ASA +44 7900 897781

Luk Vervenne Belgium Synergetics NV +32 476 53 00 21

Alex Charles UK TheSkillsMarket

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