6th Meeting of the Joint RCC – ERI SEE Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications, 13th May 2019, Brussels

The 6th Meeting of the Joint ERI SEE – RCC Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ) was held in Brussels on 13 May 2019, organized by the RCC (Regional Cooperation Council). Representatives of the ministries and ENIC/NARIC centres from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia Montenegro and Serbia participated at the meeting.

The main part of the meeting was dedicated to Draft Declaration on Recognition of Academic Qualifications. Provisions concerning recognition of short first cycle degrees, bachelor and master degrees were discussed, as well as the role of the RCC especially concerning further development in this area. It was agreed that the Declaration doesn’t include provisions related to the recognition of PhD degrees as well as pre-Bologna qualification. These issues will be discussed during the next meetings of the WG RAQ.

After the comprehensive analysis the final version of the Draft Declaration was agreed and will be sent to all countries for final approval. This Declaration will be part of the Sixth Annual Berlin Process Summit in the Polish city of Poznań which will take place on 4 and 5 July 2019.

The progress related to Joint Information System, which will facilitate recognition procedures was presented.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 12444 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.