Today, on 8th November 2019 the Declaration of Intent on the Automatic Mutual Recognition of Higher Education Degrees between the Baltic and Benelux countries was signed in Brussels, Belgium. In the future, it allows easier start of career or further studies in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania for individuals with degrees from higher education institutions of Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg and vice versa.
“Thee Baltic countries already mutually and automatically recognize each other’s higher education degrees. The Declaration of Intent, signed today, expands this possibility to Benelux countries,” said Mart Laidmets, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. “Mutual recognition concerns bachelor’s, applied sciences’, master’s and doctoral degrees.”
The Declaration of Intent is necessary step for preparing official agreement. The agreement is planned to be open for joining to other countries using European Qualifications Framework.
Similar agreement is already in force between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It allows to start a career or continue studies in another Baltic state without going through the process of evaluation of diploma.