The meeting was opened by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. During the first day Ministers were invited to discuss the main topic Early Childhood Education and Care as well as to review the ongoing reforms and the development of their educational systems.
The second day, opened by H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, among other, focused on the presentation of the results of the Torino Process by the European Training Foundation (ETF), the implementation modalities of TIMS and PIRLS in the Western Balkans, the presentation of the Western Balkans regional PISA study by the OECD representative and the presentation of SELFIE, an online tool for school to assist them in conducting self-assessment on learning in the digital age.
The session on the recognition of academic qualifications was facilitated by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE). Tina Šarić, Director of the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) presented the progress made in the field to date, whereas the RCC presented the outline of the draft version of the Declaration on Recognition of Academic Qualifications . Ms Šarić presented the Joint Information System, an online tool that provides an overview of the higher education quality assurance systems and recognition procedures in the Western Balkans region, facilitates the recognition process by enabling information sharing and communication, and is to provide a register of accredited institutions and programmes. Following the presentation, the delegations reflected on the Draft Declaration.
The Declaration will be presented during the Sixth annual Berlin Process Summit in Poznań in July 2019.