The Open Method of Coordination in Education and Training in the Republic of Serbia
In April 2014, at the invitation of the European Commission, The Republic of Serbia has nominated representatives to participate in the work of six thematic working groups: Adult education, Modernization of Higher Education, School Policy (focused on Teacher Education and Early School Leaving), Vocational Education and Training, Transversal Skills (focused on Information and Communication Technology and Entrepreneurial Learning) and Digital and Online Learning.
The Open Method of Coordination is a EU mechanism in the field of “soft” law. Defined priority topics at EU level are essential for further education reforms in the Republic of Serbia, and they are in accordance with the objectives of the Strategy for the development of education. Being a part of the EU OMC process, the Republic of Serbia shows its readiness and commitment to participate and actively contribute to this mechanisms of European cooperation, which are accessible even before formal EU membership.
By participating in these working groups as an equal member, Serbia will be able to use the best practices of EU Member States and their educational policies, as well as to present the achievement of its strategic and reform measures. Participation in the OMC will ensure not only the exchange of best practices and a basis for improving the quality of education, but also adequate preparation for fulfillment of the requirements, during Serbia’s accession negotiations with EU.
Within Program “Participation of the Republic of Serbia in the Open Method of Coordination in Education and Training” it is planned to establish thematic working groups at the national level (which will gather policy makers, education and science institutions, experts and other relevant stakeholders) as well as to create effective communication mechanisms between the different country stakeholders. Round table discussions/ debates will be organized during the implementation of the Program, which will help inform general public about the objectives and conclusions reached at the meetings of EU OMC working groups and will ensure the transfer of experience and knowledge.