The written question as tabled:
The EU-sponsored education exchange programmes have been one of the most successful EU initiatives not only in member states but also in the Eastern Partner Countries.
However, it came to my knowledge that not all qualified potential candidates can use this opportunity. Students and teachers hailing from non-recognised countries, often in conflict, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, are not allowed to take part in these programmes because of the status of the territory where they were born and study.
However, in the framework of the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area, a text was adopted during the last ministerial conference where all Bologna Process Members commit themselves to provide mobility opportunities for students and staff from conflict areas.
Taking the above-mentioned into consideration, I would like to ask the following questions:
1. On what basis have the students and teachers from Nagorno-Karabakh been excluded from the EU education exchange programmes?
In addition, given that the European Commission is a full member of the Bologna Process and that the above-mentioned text, the Yerevan Communiqué, was adopted already in May 2015:
2. When does the Commission plan to implement those recommendations and integrate students and education professionals from Nagorno-Karabakh in EU exchange programmes?