Sergio Berlato (PPE
), in writing.
I think that strengthening the whole Bologna process is functional to the growth objectives established in the Europe 2020 strategy: it is a requirement for the full integration of the internal EU market and an indispensable tool for tackling the challenges provided by the economic and financial crisis. The current financial crisis is likely to entail a further reduction in financial resources available across the education sector. The economic context should compel us to encourage acceleration in the process, and to study new financial frameworks which allow for a more effective implementation of the objectives of growth and excellence of European universities. In my opinion, the first goal of the Bologna process remains a fundamental requirement: a student enrolled in a European university has the right to graduate and to see his qualification recognised throughout the EU. The ministerial conference of the Bologna process will take place in April 2012. It is of paramount importance that the formulation of the new commitments for the three years that separate us from the next ministerial meeting should not be limited to the establishment of a list of benchmarks, but rather include concrete measures to promote the full realisation of the goals of the Bologna process in every university and Member State.