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The Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG) members and consultative members have decided to terminate membership of the Russian Federation and Belarus in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) as of 11 April. The decision was made in the context of the Statement by members and consultive members of the Bologna Follow Up Group on Consequences of the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine and the Bologna Declaration (1999), which underlines the importance of education and educational cooperation in the development and strengthening of stable, peaceful and democratic societies.
The BFUG members and consultative members are requesting EHEA members and consultative members to undertake, where appropriate and in accordance with their national legislation and policies and the principal of institutional autonomy, the following measures:
The group considers the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine a fundamental violation of the principles on which the European Higher Education Area was jointly built. The co-signed members and consultative members have asked the Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG) to suspend the Russian Federation’s rights of participation in all structures and activities of the EHEA, including the BFUG, working groups, task forces, peer learning groups and similar structures. They also asked the BFUG to extend the same measures to Belarus. At the same time, cosignatories asked the BFUG to consider further arrangements and support for higher education in Ukraine.
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