With the support of the European Parliament Youth Intergroup
MEP Emilian Pavel MEP Julie Ward
EMPL Committee CULT Committee
MEP Eva Maydell MEP Momchil Nekov
IMCO Committee CULT Committee
Towards a Council Recommendation on recognition
On 22nd May 2018, the European Commission released the “Proposal for a Council Recommendation on the Automatic Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and learning periods abroad”.
Our organisations, which have carried out the campaign #RecogniseStudyAbroad over the past two years, welcome this initiative as an important step towards removal of barriers to learning mobility, also for school students. Therefore, we are very glad to see that the calls and stands from the campaign are well-reflected in the Commission’s Proposal.
We appreciate that the Commission recognises that in general secondary education, mutual recognition processes are underdeveloped. We are also glad that the Commission’s proposal underlines the urgent need for measures in this field ‘in view of an expansion of pupil mobility at secondary level in the future generation of the Erasmus+ programme’.
As highlighted in EFIL’s study (which is also mentioned in the text of the Proposal) the school period spent abroad is not recognised in many Member States, and in those countries where recognition is regulated, the application is often not effective, highly bureaucratic, and complex to the point that students opt for a “gap year” instead. For this reason, we welcome the Commission’s proposal of mutual and automatic recognition, ensuring that “the outcomes from a learning period of up to one year abroad during secondary education and training in one Member State are fully recognised in any other, with the learner not being required to repeat the programme year in the country of origin, provided that the competences acquired are broadly in line with the competences defined in the national curricula”.
We now call on the Council to maintain all the good provisions contained in this document and ensure, at a later stage, that Member States implement these recommendations consistently. The Preparatory Action “Recognise Study Abroad”, presented by MEP Emilian Pavel and MEP Julie Ward, would contribute to supporting Member States in moving forward in the direction recommended by the EU.