Created on 11 July 2018

The representative of the Centre for Information and recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education participated at the 7th Ministerial Meeting of the Western Balkan Platform on Education and Training & Research and Inovation. The meeting joints together representatives of Western Balkan countries dealing with education, training, research and inovation.

7th Ministerial Meeting of the Western-Balkan Platform on Education and TraningThe first day was dedicated to research and inovation especially related to capacity in research and inovation. All Balkan countries try to strenghten human capacity, although funds for this in national budgets are very low. In this, a significant role have funds of the European Union, they through different programs are available to all Balkan countires. All countries highlighted an importance related to their participation in the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Inovation. They put this as a priority in their national strategy in this field. The regional cooperation was strongly supported by all Western Balkan countries. Beside legislation changes in the area of research and inovation all countries have also developed or are developing new strategies. For its part, the European Union will double its funds for Western Balkan countries. At the end of first day few very interesting initiative were presented.

The second day was dedicated to education and traning based on Western Balkan Platform on Education and Traning, officially launched in 2018. The situation in the area of education and traning was presented by ministers of the Western Balkan countries. The recognition of academic qualifications was a topic of the last session. It was pointed out although the Lisbon Recognition Convention was signed 21 years ago, the main principles of this Convention have not been implemented fully. The Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) presented their initiative towards joint principles for recognition of academic qualifications. The Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ) was established and had already three meetings. This Group is responsible for preparing joint regional activities and removing obstacles to the recognition of academic qualifications.