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At the May meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, EU ministers approved two documents aiming to further advance the European Education Area (EEA) and to make automatic mutual recognition in education and training a reality.
The Council’s resolution on the European Education Area: Looking to 2025 and beyond responds to the progress report published by the European Commission in November 2022 (for more details, see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, November 2022). The ministers agreed that the midterm review process and the full report on the EEA to be published by the European Commission in 2025 should focus on five strategic priorities, including a more in-depth analysis of several specific areas.
One such area is related to removing the remaining obstacles to learning and teaching mobility while encouraging inclusive, sustainable and balanced mobility in the EU, including by achieving automatic mutual recognition in education and training. Earlier this month, ACA submitted its policy input to the European Commission’s call for evidence for the revised European learning mobility framework (for more details, see ACA Newsletter - Education Europe, February and May 2023).
The Council also approved conclusions on further steps to make automatic mutual recognition in education and training a reality. The conclusions evaluate the findings of the Commission’s report and propose a number of steps to help make automatic mutual recognition in education and training a reality based on mutual trust and transparency. Some of these steps include:
ACA members continuously promote the exchange of good practice and peer learning in the field. Earlier this spring, the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) and the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) contributed to a joint Swedish-Norwegian seminar on automatic mutual recognition in higher education, in Brussels, featuring Nordic processes and long-standing cooperation in this field (for more details, see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, April 2023).