Is the Europass format CV widely used and accepted?The national CV format is generally preferred.
Is there a preference for handwritten applications?No, a covering letter should be typed unless otherwise requested.
Is it standard to include a photo on the CV?A photo is standard but not obligatory. The photo should be a head/shoulder shot (unless a full-body photo is requested), appropriate to the position. Save it in a format that doesn’t take up too much space in the CV.