Is the Europass format CV widely used and accepted?
Europass-type formats tend to be long and very detailed. It is more important that the CV is short and clear, no more than two pages.
Is there a preference for handwritten applications?
Not at all: handwritten covering letters are generally considered unprofessional.
Is it standard to include a photo on the CV?
Yes, photos in CVs are very common. Choose the photo well: it should be of you alone and with nothing in the background. Photos from the beach or last weekend’s party are not a good idea.