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From Berlin to Bergen 

The Council of Europe focuses its contribution to the European Higher Education Area on three action lines:

Recognition of qualifications (one of the three priorities outlined in the Berlin Communiqué)

An efficient implementation of structural reforms and the social dimension of the Bologna Process is a transversal issue. In the period 2003-05 the Council of Europe focuses on the Public Responsibility for Higher Education and Research as well as Higher Education Governance.

Work with countries that are either new parties to the Process or that are not Parties to the Process but whose higher education systems are in transition mainly in the areas

These action lines are projected into concrete actions through participation in the Bologna work programme, by the organisation/ co-organisation of official Bologna seminars or by participation in these, and through its role in the Bologna Follow-Up structures and the resulting working groups, in particular on the qualifications framework and on quality assurance.

Furthermore, the Council of Europe supports countries in its priority areas in their endeavours to reform higher education and thus contributes to the enlargement of the Bologna Process. In the period 2001 – 2003 the Council of Europe worked with all new countries admitted to the Bologna Process (South East Europe and Russia), and continues this work with further priority countries.


Message from the Council of Europe to the meeting of Ministers of the European Higher Education Area, Bergen, 19 – 20 May 2005