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The Lisbon Recognition Convention, 1997

Legal framework & background


The Lisbon Recognition Convention

(The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region), 1997 (ETS No. 165)


Documents adopted by the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee


Recommendation on Recognition of Qualifications Held by Refugees, Displaced Persons and Persons in a Refugee-like Situation, November 2017

Monitoring the Implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention - Final Report, February 2016

Statement of the Committee of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region on the recognition of the qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation, February 2016

Revised Recommendation on the Recognition of Joint Degrees and Explanatory Memorandum, June 2004, revised February 2016

Recommendation on the Use of Qualifications Frameworks in the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, June 2013

Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications and Explanatory Memorandum, 2001, revised 2010

Revised Code of Good Practice in the Provision of Transnational Education
, June 2007


The Diploma Supplement, June 2007

Joint ENIC/NARIC Charter of Activities and Services, June 2004


Code of Good Practice in the Provision of Transnational Education, 2001

Recommendation on International Access Qualifications, 1999



Documents adopted by the Joint ENIC-NARIC Networks


Code of Good Practice in the Provision of Information on Recognition, June 2004


European Convention on the General Equivalence of Periods of University Study, 1990 (ETS No. 138)


UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region, 1979 (UN Treaty Series No. 20966)



Earlier conventions and other instruments


European Agreement on Continued Payment of Scholarships to Students Studying Abroad, 1969 (ETS No. 069)


Protocol to the European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities, 1964 (ETS No. 049)


European Convention on the Academic Recognition of University Qualifications, 1959 (ETS No. 032)


European Convention on the Equivalence of Periods of University Study, 1956 (ETS No. 021)


European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities, 1953 (ETS No. 015)



Policies and practices: Recognition and non-European countries

Please see the Council of Europe's Treaty Office Web site for a complete listing of conventions with their texts and explanatory reports (in French, German, Italian and Russian).