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