The core objective Fostering and Building Human Capital incorporates both education, research and vocational training in order to tackle the specific challenges faced in the reform process of both. Moreover, it actively promotes regional co-operation in order to foster the development of a learning society, democratic and accessible to all. Such a society is a prerequisite for the political, economic and social development and for the integration of the countries of the region into the Euro Atlantic mainstream. Equally, growth and development of the labour market is directly related to the development of education, research and innovation, which is interlinked with the development of the region’s economy and social capital.
Recognising that Fostering and Building Human Capital (BHC) is crucial for the overall stabilisation and prosperity of the South Eastern Europe region, the Stability Pact launched its new core objective at the Belgrade Regional Table (30 May 2006). Having in mind the process of transformation of the Stability Pact into a Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the following Regional Table in Bucharest (16 November 2006) decided that education and research should remain a long-term priority for regional co-operation, and thus that the activities within the scope of BHC core objective should remain a priority for the Regional Co-operation Council.
As part of the Stability Pact's Building Human Capital Core Objective, for the activities already carried out please check the following documents.
- Main Goals
- Support the mobility and university exchanges between the SEE region and the EU as well as within the SEE region.
- Advocate within the South Eastern European states to set education and vocational training as a national priority, in order to benefit from the extra funding available for education through CARDS, PHARE and IPA programmes.
- Support the governments in the region, through its Task Force on Education and Youth, ERI SEE Secretariat and their partners, in their reforms of the higher education legislation.
- Continue to support, with the help of ERI SEE Secretariat, the preparations of the education institutions for their successful participation in the different actions under the EU’s Integrated Community Programme for Lifelong Learning.
- Support the EU’s objectives of the European Qualification Framework and encourage the region to make its education reforms bearing the European Qualification Framework in mind.
- In co-operation with ERI SEE Secretariat, encourage the region and the relevant institutions in SEE to make the necessary reforms in line with the Bologna process.
- Co-operate with the university networks of the region, as well as with other post-graduate networks in the region, in improving the structures for mobility and exchanges of students.
- Support the existing reconciliation initiatives in the SEE region
- Transfer of Information Meeting, Brussels 23 October 2007
- Interparliamentary Colloquium "Education and Youth - A European Perspective", European Parliament, Brussels, 18-19 December 2006 (Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments)
"Teaching History: the path towards reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe", Brussels - 3 May 2007. Under the framework of the core objective Fostering and Building Human Capital - WTI, the Stability Pact continues its active engagement in support of the promotion, translation and publishing of the Joint History Workbooks of the CDRSEE. After the publishing and distribution of the English, Serbian and Greek version of the workbooks, the Albanian version of the books is due to be published by mid 2007. The Stability Pact will continue to support the CDRSEE in its efforts to produce the language version of the books covering other SEE states. The Stability Pact is planning to organise a series of events dedicated to awareness raising about the need to fulfill one of its broader objectives - reform of history teaching in SEE. This effort builds upon the the Presidency conclusions of the European Council of 19 and 20 June 2003 endorsed the Council conclusion of 16 June on the Western Balkans including the "Thessaloniki Agenda for the Western Balkans: Moving Towards European Integration". The Thessaloniki Agenda unambiguously states, "[t]he EU also invites the countries of the region to take concrete initiatives with the objective of revising history textbooks." Furthermore, the Heads of State and Government of SEECP on their own behalf, recognized the need to engage in the modernisation of the history curricula and consequently in the final declaration of the sixth meeting of the SEECP held in Belgrade 9th April 2003 committed themselves to "put additional effort" in several fields crucial for the faster alignment of the region with the European standards and conditions, among which, "review of the history text books" is explicitly mentioned. Apart from its support to the CDRSEE, SP is seeking to include a wide number of actors to jointly engage in the initiative of history teaching reform in SEE. In this way, on 3 May 2007, in cooperation with the European Policy Center and King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels, the Stability Pact is organising a policy dialogue on the topic of "Teaching History: the path towards reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe".
[Link to Agenda] [Link to MATRIX by SP/WTI]
WTI event: On 23 October 2006 (Brussels): "New Generation of EU Research and Education Programmes (2007-2013) and South Eastern Europe" - Transfer of Information Meeting [Link: More Information]
- Support the region in strengthening its participation with research institutions and researchers of the EU Member States within the 7th Framework Programme.
- Support actions aimed at opening the 7th Framework Programme for the countries of the Western Balkans through contacts with the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
- Support SEE ERA Net in its lobbying efforts for the inclusion of Research and Development into the Instrument for Pre-Accession (concentrating on infrastructure development, capacity building, etc).
- Encourage the promotion of synergies between the European RTD Framework and other international RTD instruments available to South Eastern Europe region.
- Provide support to the Western Balkans Steering Platform, which was created within the framework of the Competitiveness Council and under the leadership of the Austrian government in May 2006.
- Support initiatives that intend to update and extend the Thessaloniki Agenda Action Plan and bring it up to date with the new realities and needs of South Eastern Europe.
- In co-operation with the SEE-ERA.Net work on defining the necessary standards for the evaluation of research projects and institutions that will be recognised and applicable to partner countries.
- Support the EU and EU Member States governments’ efforts to set up 7th Framework Programme National Contact Points for all SEE countries (based on the model of co-operation between Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina).
One of the most comprehensive databases on scholarships and grant opportunities for students in South Eastern Europe is launched on the 15 February 2007 by the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe as part of its priority work in the area of Building and Fostering Human Capital.
WTI EVENT: 13 July 2007, Novi Sad, Serbia
“Knowledge Circulation” between West Balkans and European Union, 19h30 [More]
EXIT 007 – PLACE TO MOVE! AGORA 12 – 15. July 2007
Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Support the modernisation of the VET systems in SEE in view to the requirements of the labour market
Enhance the link between VET reforms and labour market needs
Intensify the level of cooperation between the VET schools and employers
Increase mobility on the domestic and regional labour market
Achieve full information on training possibilities in the respective countries and work towards a transparent system of information
Foster regional cooperation and promote the exchange of best practices in the field of VET with SEE neighbours as well as EU member states
Inclusion of the VET systems in SEE into the European Education Space and bringing them in line with the “Bruges-Copenhagen process” which is the EU’s strategy related to the enhanced European cooperation in VET for improving the performance, quality and attractiveness of VET
5-6 June 2007 (tbc) in the Assembly of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Regional workshop for the exchange of best practices in VET policy development and reforms for parliamentarians, officials from Ministries of Education and Ministries of Employment, employees of VET centres, employment agencies, social partner representatives as well as international institutions
For further information,
Regional Cooperation Council
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Phone +387 33 561 700
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