EC Communication:

Western Balkans WB on the road to the EU. Amongst other important areas, Education and Research were highlighted

Responding to expectations in the region for more effort in Education and Research the Commission announced to start consultations on a new set of orientations for the period 2006-2010 and intends to discuss them at the EU/Western Balkan Meeting of Ministers of Science and Education on 17 March 2006. The Commission plans to review its actions under Tempus and Erasmus Mundus and expand opportunities for mobility of teachers and both undergraduate and graduate students as from 2007. As regards research, the EU plans to continue and strengthen its actions in favour of the Western Balkans research community under the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013). Existing fruitful cooperation between the JRC and Western Balkans countries will be continued. The Commission will also examine how to enable the research community in the region to tap this potential and might provide support for building capacities of centres of excellence in the region. To further integrate the region into the European Research Area, the Commission is considering establishing a ‘Steering Platform’ which would identify concrete needs and means to satisfy them.

(Peter B. Mayr; European Commission: COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION - The Western Balkans on the road to the EU: consolidating stability and raising prosperity, 26 January 2006)

inserted by Florian GRUBER on 2006-02-01 16:06:04