• Past 25 26 June 2018
  • Brussels, Belgium


The seventh meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training & Research and Innovation gathered the Ministers of Science and Education as well as key representatives from the governments of:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The event was attended by regional and international organisations such as the European Training Foundation (ETF), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the OECD, the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), the Western Balkan Alumni Association (WBAA) and representatives from Member States. Representatives from the European Commission included staff from the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, as well as Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations and EU Delegations.


On 25 June, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas opened the Ministerial meeting and lead the discussions on research and innovation capacities in the region and participation in the EU's framework programmes Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. 

On 26 June, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics opened the event with a keynote speech, followed by a detailed review of the latest education reforms in the region. Discussions largely focused on the new Strategy for the Western Balkans and automatic recognition of academic qualifications.

An agenda of the meeting is available.

Final report

Final Report and Conclusions WBPET 2018


Session 1

Presentation on BIO ICT , by Tatjana Knežević

Presentation on Corallia , by Nikos Vogiatzis 

Presentation on INNOFIT , by Vladimir Dimchev

Presentation on SEEIIST , by Minister Sanja Damjanovic

Conclusions of the Steering Platform on Research and Innovation

Session 3

Recognition of Qualifications as a stepping stone for further integration, by Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications, by Tina Saric

Key Principles on Recognition of Academic Qualifications

Progress Reports - 2018 update

At the outset of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training, the Ministers of Education from the Western Balkans identified two main priorities:

  • teacher training
  • higher education

This year again, the countries were asked to update their yearly reports, providing valuable information on the reform efforts undertaken in both areas. The input provided shows the progress in the implementation of these reforms and helps the European Commission coordinate its EU assistance, so that these efforts are properly supported.

Progress reports** on higher education reform:

Progress reports** on teacher training:

**The reports published above are not prepared by the European Commission.

Ministerial meetings from previous years:

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