20 announcement of the Federal Chancellor concerning the scope of the Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region
After notifications the Secretary of General of the Council of Europe, following further States have their instruments of ratification or accession to the Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region (Federal Law Gazette III No. 71/1999, last proclamation of the scope BGBl. III No 51/2007) deposited:
Date of deposit of the instrument of ratification or instrument of accession:
April 22, 2008
July 22, 2009
August 23, 2007
July 12, 2007
October 6, 2010
December 4, 2007
March 19, 2008
December 19, 2011
October 28, 2009
On the occasion of the deposit of the instrument of ratification or instrument of accession, the following States have made following statements or declared reservations:
In accordance with article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention, Andorra stated that the Ministry of higher education is the competent authority to make decisions in recognition cases in the Principality of Andorra.
In accordance with article II, paragraph 2, and article IX, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the Kingdom of Belgium declares that the competent authorities are the following:
For the French community of Belgium:
Directorate General for non-compulsory education and scientific research
(Direction Générale de l' Enseignement non obligatoire et de la recherche scientifique)
Ministry of the French community
(Ministère de la Communauté française)
Rue A. Lavallée 1
For the Flemish Community of Belgium:
Gates A - 6de verdieping
Koning Albert II laan 15
In accordance with article II ABS. 2 of the Convention the Government of the State of Israel declares that the competence to make decisions in recognition cases is whether the higher education institutions.
In accordance with article IX ABS. 2 of the Convention explains the Government of the State of Israel, fulfilling the task of the national information centre by the following authorities:
Council for higher education development
(The Council for higher education)
The Council should facilitate access to information on the higher education system and qualifications in Israel, on the higher education systems and qualifications of the other parties and provide advice or information on academic recognition matters and academic assessment of qualifications, also with reference to higher education institutions.
Department for the evaluation of foreign academic degrees in the Ministry of education
(The foreign academic degrees Evaluation Division in the Ministry of education)
2 Dvora HA'Neviaa St
This Department give advice or information on the evaluation of foreign academic degrees and diplomas, only for the purposes of classification and salary.
In accordance with article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention, Italy explained that following authorities of decisions on the recognition of qualifications are competent depending on the use of the qualification acquired abroad:
-University institutes: for admission to further studies.
-The Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for the public service: for participation in public competitions.
-The education and Research Ministry: for awarding points in regard to the participation of public competitions, for questions of social welfare, for the message at employment offices, admission to internships (or "Voluntariaten") and the approval of a contract with regard to the granting of the qualification of volunteers;
-The management, the a scholarship or other aid has acknowledged or awarded, after a reasoned opinion of the education and Research Ministry.
-The Department's recognition points in competitions or the award of grants or other aid, which will be allocated by the Ministry itself and require may be a reasoned opinion of the education and Research Ministry.
In accordance with article IX, paragraph 2 of the Convention determined Italy Information Centre for mobility and academic equivalence (Centro di Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equivalenze Accademiche (CIMEA)) as a national information centre.
The contact information of the CIMEA is:
Viale XXI Aprile, 36
New Zealand explained that in accordance with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the statutes of the United Nations, this accession does not apply for the development of self-government for Tokelau, if and as long as not a declaration is issued by the Government of New Zealand with the depositary on the basis of appropriate consultation with that area.
In accordance with article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention the competence for decisions in recognition matters lies the tertiary educational institutions.
In accordance with article IX, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the national information centre, established for New Zealand, in its role as a European network information centre is the following:
New Zealand authority for the monitoring of educational qualifications
(New Zealand qualifications authority)
125 the terrace
PO Box 160
In accordance with article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention, the Kingdom of the Netherlands declares that the authorities responsible for decisions in recognition cases in the Netherlands are higher education institutions.
In accordance with article IX, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the Kingdom of the Netherlands declares that the national information centre is as follows:
Netherlands Organization for international cooperation in higher education
NUFFIC (Netherlands Organization for international cooperation in higher education)
PO box 29777
2502 LT the Hague
The Kingdom of the Netherlands accepts the Convention for the Kingdom in Europe.
In the case of the extension of the Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region on Gibraltar, Spain would like to make following statement:
1. Gibraltar is a non-autonomous territory for whose international relations the United Kingdom is responsible and which is subject to a decolonization process in accordance with the relevant decisions and resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
2. the authorities of Gibraltar are local in nature and only internal responsibilities originating exercise based on the distribution and Division of responsibilities, which takes in the United Kingdom in accordance with the provisions of its national legislation and in its capacity as a sovereign State, which is subject to the so-called non-autonomous territory, 3. thus is the possible participation of the authorities of Gibraltar during the application of the Convention so as to understand , that she will take place exclusively within the internal jurisdiction of Gibraltar and must not be used as a change of what was set out in the two preceding paragraphs, be considered.
A further communication from the Secretary-General according to the Kingdom of the Netherlands has stated on September 7, 2011 that the Convention which already applies to the Netherlands (European part), this declaration shall apply also to the Caribbean part of the Netherlands (the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba). The Declaration which was submitted for the Kingdom of the Netherlands (European part), is also declared the Caribbean part of the Netherlands as valid.