EPP-ED in Croatia: Bringing South-East European students closer to Europe. Doris Pack MEP and Manolis Mavrommatis MEP
Giving young people the possibility of easy access to study abroad is giving them the tools to return to their own countries and apply their knowledge to actively contribute to their societies. According to Doris MEP Pack, the European Parliament's Rapporteur on the 'Life Long Learning Programme' and on the Bologna Process, this is the main idea behind the conference on 'South-East Europe students' mobility in the framework of the Bologna Process' that the EPP-ED Group is organising in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday 21 November.
Students from South-East Europe face a number of serious problems when they wish to study abroad, such as the recognition of diplomas and credit transfer, the financial aspects of studying in a different country, or legislation on visa and residence permits particularly for students from South-East European countries that have a visa regime with countries of the EU. The EPP-ED Group, in accordance with the guidelines of the Bologna Process, believes that it is necessary to remove some of these obstacles.
"Cultural exchange and multilingualism that accompany increased student mobility are important tools for peace, democracy and stability", says Vito Bonsignore, Vice-Chairman of the EPP-ED Group.
The broad objectives of the Bologna Process are the removal of obstacles to student mobility across Europe, the enhancement of the attractiveness of European higher education worldwide and the establishment of a common structure of higher education systems across Europe.
The conference will be opened by Doris Pack MEP, Dragan Primorac, Croatian Minister of Science, Education and Sports, and Prof Dr Aleksa Bjeliš, Rector, University of Zagreb.
Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, will welcome the speakers.
The conference will focus on two topics. In the first panel entitled 'Future challenges of education as a tool for democracy', Education Ministers from countries of South-East Europe will share their experiences and detail respective legislation in the area of higher education. Conclusions will be made by Dumitru Oprea MEP.
The second panel, chaired by Manolis Mavrommatis MEP, will focus on concrete obstacles that students in South-East Europe face and on proposals to eliminate them. Speaking on the topic will be Prof Ksenija Turković Vice-Rector for international relations of the University of Zagreb, Tina Šarić, Director of the Croatian Agency for Mobility, as well as representatives of student and other European Youth organisations.
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The conference is open to the media. For individual statements of participants in the conference please contact the EPP-ED Press Service.
For further information:
Doris Pack MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845310
Vito Bonsignore MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845382
Manolis Mavrommatis MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845334
Dumitru Oprea MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845663
Lada Jurica, EPP-ED Press Service, Tel: +32-476-330383
Theo Georgitsopoulos, EPP-ED Press Service, Tel: +32-475-750566
Notes to Editors:
The EPP-ED Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 288 Members from all 27 Member States.