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Since its launch in 2012, the European Commission organises an annual high-level meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training. All Ministers of Education in the region are invited to review the state of educational reforms in their countries, learn about the latest strategies in the EU, identify priorities, agree on follow-up to be given to studies/reports as well as to cooperate on activities undertaken by the Platform. A main objective of the Platform is to share experience, good practice and engage in regional cooperation on tackling similar issues.

The Western Balkans Steering Platform on Research and Innovation also meets annually since 2007 with the overall objective to advance on the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Research Area in a perspective of accession to the EU. The Platform discusses the research and innovation capacities in the Western Balkans, participation in the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation, monitors the progress of regional strategies and actions and helps in exchanging information and best practice.

This year it was decided to hold the meetings of the two Platforms together on 28-29 September 2017 in Belgrade. The Ministers will meet in the mornings of 28 and 29 September to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme and to discuss the Education & Training part of the agenda, and in the afternoon of 28 September to discuss the Research & Innovation part.

For more information on the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training, please have a look at the following link.