Background Documents

EHEA Ministerial Conference Documents

The Ministerial Communiqué represents one of the main political documents of the European Higher Education Area. The Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué takes account of the achievements since the last Ministerial conference in Leuven in 2009 and sets objectives that would be operationalised in the plan of work for the upcoming sequence of the Bologna Process. It is prepared by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG).


The Mobility Strategy 2020 for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA): Mobility for Better Learning is a political document that will also be adopted by the EHEA ministers, together with the Ministerial Communiqué. It unfolds the measures for achieving the target set in Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve that 20% of the EHEA students will be mobile in 2020. It was prepared by the Mobility Working Group and endorsed by the BFUG.

The results of the 2009-2012 Work Plan are resumed in the following reports of the Bologna Process Working Groups and Networks:

      ● Social Dimension Working Group Report and proposal for a pilot project to Promote Peer Learning on    
        the Social Dimension of Higher Education in Europe
      ●  NESSIE - Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe Report and Addendum to the report
      ●  Qualifications Frameworks Working Group Report
      ●  International Openness Working Group Report
      ●  Mobility Working Group Report
      ●  Recognition Working Group Report
      ●  European Network on Recognition of Prior Learning Report
      ●  Transparency Tools Working Group Report 


         The reports listed above reflect the discussions of the Working Groups and Networks' members, according to the   

         Terms of Reference adopted by the Bologna Follow-Up Group and the BFUG 2009-2012 Work Plan. 

The Report on the Implementation of the Bologna Process provides facts and analyses on the state of the art regarding the implementation of the Bologna Process at national level at the end of 2011. It is based on questionnaires to the national authorities and on statistical evidence collected by data collectors (Eurostat, EURYDICE and Eurostudent). The report is prepared by the data collectors and the Reporting Working Group and endorsed by the BFUG. Its Executive Summary contains conclusions regarding the student experience in the EHEA.


The ‘European Higher Education at the Crossroads: Between the Bologna Process and national reforms publication gathers the papers presented and discussed at the “Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference”, held in Bucharest on 17-19 October 2011. The two volumes are meant to provide inspiration to policy makers, as they provide insights from the point of view of researchers on the Bologna Process.


Statements from EHEA consultative members and other organisations are meant to inform the ministers on the position of the issuer regarding topics that are addressed in the Conference:

           ●   ENQA: Report to Ministers Responsible for Higher Education in the EHEA - Download 
           ●   Education International: Report of the Education International to the Bologna Ministerial meeting in  
                       Bucharest, April 2012 - Academic Perception of the Bologna Process - Download
           EUA: Universities in the EHEA - EUA Statement for the Bologna Ministerial Conference - Download
        ●    EURASHE: - Towards a Diversified, Responsive and Competitive European Higher Education -
               -  Position Paper on Research and Innovation - Download
               -  Policy Priorities Communicated to the Ministers of EHEA - Download
        ●    EQAR - Message to the EHEA Ministerial Conference - Download
        ●    ESU - Statement to the Bucharest Ministerial Conference - Download 
                    -  Bologna With Student Eyes 2012 - Download 

EHEA country national reports (2012) reflect the implementation of the Bologna Process reforms  since the adoption of the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Communiqué from 2009. 

Bologna Policy Forum Documents


The Bologna Policy Forum Statement represents the main political outcome of the Bologna Policy Forum and sets the stage for the external dimension of the Bologna Process.

The Bologna Policy Forum thematic sessions’ background paper has the purpose to set the stage for the debates within the allocated session.

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