ED-AFFICHE Mid-Term meeting programme

Registration to the ED-AFFICHE Mid-Term meeting "Syncing Achievements: Collaborative Solutions to facilitate the Path to the European Degree Label" is available here.

Venue: Permanent Representation of Czech Republic to the European Union, Rue Carolystraat 15, 1050 Brussels

How to arrive: https://maps.app.goo.gl/mP2RZ8cQUmYMSQ836

Format: all sessions will be available for in-person and online participation


Session I | ED AFFICHE Project Insights: Updates and Progress

Open session


  • Kurt Willems, ED-AFFICHE Project Coordinator and Chair of the Una Europa Working Group on the European Degree 

9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 - 9:40 Welcome Addresses


  • Lenka Rovná, Charles University Rector’s Representative at 4EU+

9:40 - 9:55 Towards a Joint European Degree


  • Yann-Maël Bideau, Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission 

9:55 - 10:15 Introduction to the ED AFFICHE Project


  • Laura Colò, ED AFFICHE Project Officer

10:15 - 10:35 Students' Insights into challenges and barriers for advancing equal opportunities in international education and mobility


  • Gloria Quarantani, Chair of ESN’s Committee for Education, Erasmus Student Network (member of ED-AFFICHE External Advisory Committee) 

10:35 - 11:00 Decoding Joint European Degree Label Criteria and Verification Methods


  • Mirko Varano, Senior Advisor International Projects, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Unite!)

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:30 ED AFFICHE's Design of the European Degree Label and European Degree

Summary: The European Degree and its label are central to the harmonisation of education in Europe. Key considerations include ensuring compatibility with other European instruments and defining the scope, the attractiveness of the label to increase the employability of graduates. Additionally, the categorisation of the initiative as a European project, a national initiative or a cooperation is crucial for effective governance. In summary, these factors together shape the future of European education, emphasising a unified and internationally recognised standard.

Introduction to the panel by Kurt Willems

Panel speakers: 

  • Yann-Maël Bideau, Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission 
  • Meritxell Chaves, CHARM-EU Alliance Manager 
  • Antonella Forlino, EC2U Representative, Vice-Rector Internationalization, University of Pavia 
  • Marta Jaworska-Oknińska, 4EU+ Educational Coordinator 
  • Neringa Narbutiene, EU-CONEXUS Institutional coordinator 
  • Blazhe Todorovski, Policy and Project Officer, EQAR - European Quality Assurance Register 

12:30 - 13:00 Open Discussion


13:00 - 14:00 Networking Lunch


Session II | Navigating Legal Barriers to the European Degree

Session for full and associated partners

14:00 - 14:10 Introduction to Session II

14:10 - 15:00 Mapping Legal Challenges in Joint Degrees: A Comparative Grid Analysis


  • Kurt Willems, ED AFFICHE Project Coordinator
  • Marta Jaworska-Oknińska, 4EU+ Educational Coordinator 

Representatives from different countries: 

  • Belgium/Flanders: Liesbeth Hens, Policy Advisor Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Training Flemish Community 
  • Greece: Μaria Kapniari, Office Associate, Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports 
  • Hungary: László Zentai, Vicerector for Education, Eötvös Loránd University 
  • Spain: Margarita de Lezcano, Deputy Director of International Affairs and Collegial Boards, Universities Spanish Ministry

15:00 - 15:30 Breakout rooms with guidelines about the quality assurance of the European Degree 

A 25-minute discussion followed by a 5-minute session to summarize the key points with the group. 

15:30 - 15:40 Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:10 Breakout rooms with guidelines about European Degree and National Legislations

A 25-minute discussion followed by a 5-minute session to summarize the key points with the group. 

16:10 - 17:00 Report and Wrap-up