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The Western Balkans Ministerial meeting took place on 25-26 June in Brussels in presence of the ministers responsible for education and research in the six Western Balkan countries, National Erasmus+ Offices, the Western Balkans Alumni Association and European stakeholders. For the second year, the meetings of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training (WBPET) and the Steering Platform on Research and Innovation were organised back to back, and this year they were opened by keynote speeches of Commissioners Moedas and Navracsics.
At this year’s WBPET meeting the ministers endorsed the Key Principles on automatic recognition of academic qualifications, the result of the work coordinated by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) & Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) through the Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ). A large-scale benchmarking exercise is currently being conducted, based on the models from the Nordic and Baltic countries with the view of the commitments made by the six governments last year – the creation and implementation of a model of automatic recognition of academic qualifications in the Western Balkans by 2020, and the creation of a joint information system to facilitate recognition of academic qualifications by 2019.