Postcard from the BFUG Secretariat hosted by Albania

Tirana - January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

Between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2024, the Secretariat of the Bologna Follow-Up Group will be held by Albania.

Head of the Albanian BFUG Secretariat:

Mrs. Edlira Adi Kahani Subashi


Rruga Naim Frashëri Nr.37
AL-1049 Tiranë




When the Bologna Secretariat was first established following the Berlin meeting of Ministers responsible for higher education, the Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) agreed, after discussion, upon its role and functions. These proposals for a Secretariat were accepted by the BFUG Meeting in Rome in November 2003. The terms of reference for the Secretariat were first modified in 2005 at the BFUG Meeting in Manchester in October 2005 for the period 2015-2018 at the BFUG Meeting in Luxembourg in September 2015 and the Board Meeting in Chisinau in January 2016, and last modified for the period 2018-2020 at the BFUG Meeting in Vienna in September 2018. The terms of reference for the Secretariat for the period 2021-2024 were last modified at the BFUG Meeting in Portugal in April 2021.

The main tasks of the Bologna Follow-Up Group Secretariat are:

  • providing administrative and operational support for the BFUG and its Board - including planning meetings and taking minutes;
  • assisting the BFUG and its Board in the follow-up work for the period 2021 to 2024 – including planning of activities and following up on the BFUG decisions;
  • supporting all Working Groups, Advisory Groups and other structures, and on demand, preparing the draft reports;
  • carrying out any special tasks concerning the implementation of the work programme of the European Higher Education Area;
  • reviewing and updating the European Higher Education Area website and archives;
  • acting as an external and internal contact point for the European Higher Education Area;
  • sharing important messages with members and stakeholders;
  • providing representation at external events upon request of the organisers;
  • supporting the BFUG Board to establish interaction with the European Research Area (ERA);
  • preparing the Ministerial Conference in Albania (2024) and the Bologna Policy Forum under the supervision of the BFUG. 


Terms of Reference

Read more about the role of the secretariat in Terms of Reference of the BFUG Secretariat 2021 - 2024


Rules of Procedure

The Rules of Procedure outline the structure of the BFUG and the way of operating in the 2021-2024 period.

The BFUG Rules of Procedure and its annexes were presented at the BFUG Meeting in Portugal (15-16 April 2021) where they were adopted by the BFUG. Another update on the Rules of Procedures were approved at the BFUG Meeting in Brno (7-8 November 2022)

BFUG Rules of Procedure 2021-2024

BFUG Rules and Procedures Annexes and Appendixes


Work Plan 2021 - 2024

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Paris to Italy – 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020

Starting from July 1st, 2018, Italy has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat.

Yerevan to Paris - 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018

Starting from July 1st, 2015, France has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat.

Handover Ceremony

Bucharest to Yerevan - 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2015

Starting from July 1st, 2012, Armenia has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat.

Handover Ceremony

Budapest/Vienna to Bucharest - 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2012

Starting from July 1st, 2010, Romania has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat. With this occasion, the official website of the European Higher Education Area,, was launched.

Handover Ceremony

London to Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve and Budapest/Vienna - 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2010

From 1 July 2007 until 30 June 2010, the Bologna Process was supported by a Secretariat, which was jointly operated by the higher education ministries of the French and Flemish Communities of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg - for the last year with support from Austria and Hungary - in preparation of the 2009 and 2010 ministerial conferences. The office of the multinational Secretariat was located in Brussels.

  • Head of Secretariat: Marlies Leegwater - the Netherlands
  • General Coordination:
    • Marie-Anne Persoons – Flemish Community of Belgium (July 2007 - November 2009)
    • Cornelia Racké – Luxembourg (December 2009 - June 2010)
  • Public relations: Françoise Bourdon - French Community of Belgium
  • Advisers:
    • Sara Demény - Hungary
    • Sabine Neyer - Austria
    • Magalie Soenen - Flemish Community of Belgium


Archive website

Bergen to London - 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2007

The United-Kingdom provided a Secretariat to the Bologna Follow Up Group and its Board for the two year period up to 30 June 2007. Their aim during this time was to provide information and news about the work programme and developments in the Bologna Process leading up to the Bologna 5th Ministerial Conference in London on 17-18 May 2007.

  • Yvonne Clarke
  • Louis Ripley
  • Ann McVie


Archive website

Berlin to Bergen - 1 January 2004 to 30 june 2005

The first BFUG Secretariat was provided by Norway.

  • Learder : Per Nyborg
  • Senior Adviser: Sverre Rustad
  • Junior Adviser: Bjorn R. Stensby


Archive website