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About the governance of the Lisbon Recognition Convention

The governance of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) is supported by two consultative and coordinative bodies, having different functions:


1. Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRCC)


The Committee of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (commonly known as the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee—LRCC) was established by Article X.1(a) of the LRC upon entry-into-force in 1999. The LRCC reports to UNESCO and the Council of Europe, in their role as Co-Secretariat of the LRC.


The LRCC is charged with overseing, promoting and facilitating the implementation of the LRC. To this end it may adopt, by a majority of the Parties, recommendations, declarations, protocols and models of good practice to guide the competent authorities of the Parties in their implementation of the LRC and in their consideration of applications for the recognition of higher education qualifications.


The LRCC is composed of one representative of each Party to the LRC. Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations may also be invited to attend LRCC meetings as observers. The LRCC meets in ordinary session at least every three years.


See also:


·  Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region 1997 (see Article X.1 and X.2)


·  Documents adopted by the LRCC


2. Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRCC) Bureau


The Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRCC) Bureau was established by the LRCC, in close collaboration with UNESCO and the Council of Europe, in their role as Co-Secretariat of the LRC.The LRCC Bureau provides advice to the LRCC on issues related to the implementation and monitoring of the LRC. To that end, the LRCC Bureau:


·  drafts recommendations, declarations, protocols and models of good practice that are submitted to the LRCC for adoption. These aim to support LRC implementation;

·  conducts monitoring exercises on LRC implementation by Parties to formulate recommendations to the LRCC, based on findings.


The LRCC Bureau is composed of elected representatives of a Ministry or another body from a Party to the LRC. Current elected representatives are:


·  Mr. Luca Lantero (President), Italy;

·  Mr. Allan Bruun Pedersen (First Vice-President), Denmark;

·  Ms. Baiba Ramiņa (Second Vice-President), Latvia;

·  Ms. Cloud Bai Yun (Rapporteur), United Kingdom.


Elected representatives meet at least on four occasions between each LRCC Session to assist with agreed upon actions. The composition of the LRCC Bureau is reviewed through an electoral process at each LRCC Session.