Between 1 of July 2018 and 31 December 2020 (initially until 30 June 2020 but postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic), the Secretariat of the Bologna Follow-Up Group is held by Italy, as organizer of the 2020 EHEA Ministerial Conference.
Head of the Italian BFUG Secretariat:
Mr. Luca LANTERO
Viale XXI Aprile, 36
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 main tasks of the Bologna Follow-Up Group Secretariat are:
Read more about the role of the secretariat in Terms of Reference of the BFUG Secretariat 2018 - 2020
Read more about the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Rules of Procedure 2018 - 2020
Starting from July 1st, 2015, France has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat.
Starting from July 1st, 2012, Armenia has taken over the responsibility of hosting the Bologna Secretariat.
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, http://www.ehea.info, was launched.
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.
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.
The first BFUG Secretariat was provided by Norway.