Presentation of the analysis "Education in the process of normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina"

Release date: 25.04.2019.
58383614_432885904136953_2912882124778373120_n.jpg On 24 April 2019, the Working Group of the National Convention on the European Union for Chapter 35 presented the analysis "Education in the process of normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina" in Belgrade. The authors of the analysis are the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Balkans, NGO Lanac and an independent working group member Milica Andric Rakic. The analysis was conducted in order to present the results of the implementation of the agreement on mutual acknowledgment of university diplomas for continuation of education or employment.

The panel members were: Stefan Surlic from the the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Balkans, Verka Jovanovic from NGO Lanac, Milica Andric Rakic and Dejan Pavlović, PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.

The agreements made so far in the negotiating process between Belgrade and Pristina depend on the final agreement and willingness of both sides to normalize relations, Stefan Surlic said. He added that all partial issues, including education, were waiting aside, since the final agreement between Belgrade and Pristina was expected, and that there was no will to open the issues that are controversial, including education, to allow people to have a normal life.

The Decree on Procedures and Criteria for issuing certificates to Kosovo citizens who graduated from the University of Pristina with a temporary location in Kosovska Mitrovica, adopted by the decision of the Government of Kosovo, is not comprehensive, and this is one of the main problems in the process of verification of diplomas. The Decreee excludes colleges belonging to this University, the diplomas issued between 1999 and 2000 when the faculties of this University were transferred throughout central Serbia, as well as all other universities from Serbia, Milica Andric Rakic said.

Verka Jovanović said that there was a big problem and the lack of publicly available statistical data on the number of recognized diplomas from Kosovo at universities in Serbia, the waiting time for approval or any response from the university. This is a particular problem for Albanians in the south of Serbia, who want to nostrify the diplomas obtained at faculties that operate under the Kosovo system, and for the purpose of employment in public institutions of Serbia.

Representatives of civil society organizations and embassies, as well as the media participated in the event.

The event and the analysis are part of the project "National Convention on the European Union (NKEU) 2018/2019" implemented by the National Convention on the EU in cooperation with the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (INTER). The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation Serbia.

The analysis is available here

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