The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) was initiated in 2000 by the EU and it represents a mechanism for establishing cooperation among EU Member States in fields that are managed at national levels and that require additional support (the “soft law” method).
One of these fields is education, in accordance with the EU strategy “Europe 2020”. Within this field, special thematic working groups important for the education systems improvement have been formed. In that regard, the Republic of Serbia has an opportunity to participate in exchange of experience and good practices of education policies across Europe, in line with the education system reforms and preparations for joining the EU.
The Republic of Serbia nominated the representatives of six thematic working groups in the field of Education:
1. Adult Learning
Representatives: Mirjana Milanović, Ljiljana Dimitrijević, Snežana Medić
2. Modernization of Higher Education
Representatives: Zorana Lužanin, Vladica Cvetković
Representatives: Marija Krneta, Gordana Čaprić, Desanka Radunović
4. Vocational Education and Training
Representatives: Radovan Živković, Mirjana Bojanić
5. Promoting Citizenship and the Common Values of Freedom, Tolerance and Non-discrimination through Education
Representatives: Jasminka Peruničić, Jelena Marković
6. Digital Skills and Competences
Representatives: Snežana Marković, Danijela Šćepanović, Irena Radinović
In April 2015, the first joint meeting of representatives of Serbia in OMC and newly selected members of national working groups was held. The national groups were formed in order to provide support to OMC representatives, with the goal of education system improvement.
More information about the activities of OMC working groups in Serbia can be found at Open Method of Coordination website.