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With the support of the European Parliament Youth Intergroup



Championed by… 


MEP Emilian Pavel          MEP Julie Ward

EMPL Committee             CULT Committee



 MEP Eva Maydell             MEP Momchil Nekov

IMCO Committee               CULT Committee 


Proposal for a Question for oral answer with debate (Rule 128)

Cosigned by 55 Members of the European Parliament

Subject: Recognition of school study periods abroad

Pupils are mobile within the EU, either due to their family situation or by joining various exchange programs. Learning mobility at school age helps young people acquire basic life skills and transversal competences, contributing to their personal development, employability and active European citizenship. Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states that  Union action shall be aimed at “encouraging mobility of students and teachers, by encouraging inter alia, the academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study”.

Nevertheless, school periods spent abroad are not recognised in many Member States, especially if they do not result in a school diploma corresponding to an EQF level. The lack of an enabling policy environment represents a major obstacle to the mobility of pupils and of families with school-age children, who subsequently need to attend one or more additional years of school when they come back to their home country.

Whilst we welcome the proposal for a Council Recommendation on the mutual recognition of higher education and school leaving diplomas/study periods abroad, which was included in the European Commission’s Communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” (14 November 2017), we would like to address the following questions:
How does the European Commission plan to ensure that the Council Recommendation includes pupils whose studies abroad have not resulted in a qualification or diploma?
What recognition system, or systems, for school study periods abroad are being considered?
Does the Commission plan to consider the successful examples of Italy and Austria, where study periods not exceeding 12 months are recognised without any additional exam or credits’ transfer?