29.09.2015

Agreement on mutual recognition of Diplomas reached

The Republic of Kosovo delegation, led by Minister Edita Tahiri, and composed of the Minister Arsim Bajrami, Qemajl Marmullakaj, Hysen Bytyci and Arjeta Rexhaj, who is in Brussels for a new round of interstate dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, has reached an agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas between the two states of Kosovo and Serbia.

Brussels, 29 September 2015

The Republic of Kosovo delegation, led by Minister Edita Tahiri, and composed of the Minister Arsim Bajrami, Qemajl Marmullakaj, Hysen Bytyci and Arjeta Rexhaj, who is in Brussels for a new round of interstate dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, has reached an agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas between the two states of Kosovo and Serbia.
With this agreement the parties pledged for mutual recognition of diplomas and respect the procedures and deadlinesaccording to the respective legislation of each country. This agreement includes all university levels (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate), high school diplomas, vocational education, as well as the fifth level of qualification according to the European Qualifications Framework.
The process of certification of degrees of the respective institutions of education will continue through the certification by the European University Association (EUA), which will then be recognized by the respective countries on issues and goals of the labor market or for further studies, depending on the interest of applicants. This agreement ends the lack of period of recognition of university diplomas by Serbia, and requires that within five months all diplomas certified by the EUA over 400 certified diplomas that Serbia failed to recognize until now be recognized.
Also, this agreement defines the monitoring mechanism of the implementation process of the Agreement which consists of three parties (Kosovo, EU, and Serbia) and they have an obligation to report, assess and improve where necessary the process of implementation of the agreement.
Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas will help with special emphasis Albanian population in Presevo Valley who mainly conduct their studies in institutions of Kosovo and who need to return and serve in their countries to assist in the development of the Albanian community in the Valley and society in general.
Government of Kosovo has always been concerned and has consistently reported obstacles imposed by Serbia to Albanian population in the Presevo Valley in this regard.
Also, in the meeting regarding diplomas the Ministers Tahiri and Bajram, raised the issue of the distribution of textbooks to the Presevo Valley and requested the assistance of the EU to deblock the distribution by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and sent to students. The Serbian side took the obligation within two days to give an answer on this issue. Kosovo delegation confirmed the implementation of reciprocity, on this issue.