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Bulgaria:National Reforms in Higher Education

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Overview Bulgaria

Contents

Bulgaria:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Bulgaria:Historical Development

Bulgaria:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Bulgaria:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Bulgaria:Political and Economic Situation

Bulgaria:Organisation and Governance

Bulgaria:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Bulgaria:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Bulgaria:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Bulgaria:Organisation of Private Education

Bulgaria:National Qualifications Framework

Bulgaria:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Bulgaria:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Bulgaria:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Bulgaria:Funding in Education

Bulgaria:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Bulgaria:Higher Education Funding

Bulgaria:Adult Education and Training Funding

Bulgaria:Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:Organisation of Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:Assessment in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Bulgaria:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Bulgaria:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Bulgaria:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Bulgaria:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Bulgaria:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Organisation of Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Assessment in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Bulgaria:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Bulgaria:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Bulgaria:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Bulgaria:Higher Education

Bulgaria:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Bulgaria:First Cycle Programmes

Bulgaria:Bachelor

Bulgaria:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Bulgaria:Second Cycle Programmes

Bulgaria:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Bulgaria:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Bulgaria:Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Institutions Providing Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Main Programmes and Provision in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Teachers and Education Staff

Bulgaria:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Management and Other Education Staff

Bulgaria:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Bulgaria:Management Staff for Higher Education

Bulgaria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Quality Assurance

Bulgaria:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Educational Support and Guidance

Bulgaria:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Bulgaria:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Bulgaria:Mobility and Internationalisation

Bulgaria:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Mobility in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Bulgaria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Bulgaria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Bulgaria:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Bulgaria:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Bulgaria:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bulgaria:National Reforms in School Education

Bulgaria:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Bulgaria:National Reforms in Higher Education

Bulgaria:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Bulgaria:European Perspective

Bulgaria:Legislation

Bulgaria:Institutions

Bulgaria:Bibliography

Bulgaria:Glossary

2017

(January - March)

The Council of Ministers’ Decree № 52 of 16 March 2017 was adopted. It amends the Council of Ministers Decree № 64 of 25 March 2016 on the conditions and procedures for approval of students to be enrolled for training in the public universities and adopts a List of priority professional fields and a List of protected specialties. The following amendments and supplements are introduced:

  1. The area of Higher Education "Humanities" is added to the list of areas of higher education for which is set a higher coefficient according the methodology for determining the ratio of the professional field in a certain university. Adopted is a mechanism by which the training in professional fields "Philology", "History and archeology", "Philosophy" and "Religion and theology" are stimulated in the same way as in the professional fields for which there is an increased need of specialists, including teachers.
  2. Change in the method of determining the maximum number of students on the basis of actual places for students to be trained, subsidized by the state.
  3. In case the number of the accepted for training undergraduate and graduate students in priority professional fields and in professional fields from the area of Higher Education "Humanities" are under 15, the maximum number of undergraduate and graduate students to be enrolled for training is determined to be equal to 15 within the free capacity of the respective professional field. Thus is ensured the preservation of training in specialties of the priority professional fields and the areas of Higher Education "Humanities".

Decree № 8 dated 13th January 2017 amended Decree № 162/2001 for determination of the differentiated rate for the allowance of the education of a student according to the professional areas. The amendment came into force from 1st January 2017. There is an increasing of 7 coefficients for multiplying of the base rate for allowance of the education of a student concerning several professional areas. In addition, there are set new ones - “Social health” and “Health care”.

2016

(April - September)

A Council of Ministers’ Decision № 328/03.05.2016 approving the number of undergraduate and graduate students to be admitted for training at universities and scientific organizations of the Republic of Bulgaria during the academic 2016-2017 year was taken. The Decision has been prepared based on the new mechanism (introduced by Council of Ministers’ Decree № 64/25.03.2016) for determining the number of undergraduate and graduate students to be admitted for training in state universities according to a comprehensive assessment of the quality of education and compliance with the needs of the labor market. The following is taken into account while determining the number of undergraduate and graduate students to be admitted for training in the state universities for which the state provides funds:

  • The stated willingness of universities to train a certain number of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • The current capacity of universities, professional fields and specialties from the regulated professions;
  • The program accreditation evaluation of the respective professional field;
  • The assessment of scientific activity of the respective professional field;
  • The assessment of realization of graduates and postgraduates (unemployment among graduates and application of the acquired education and realization by vocation);
  • Realized admission of students for the previous academic year; 
  • The Concept of promotion the training of software specialists adopted on16.12.2015;

The decisions of the set by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy expert committee for an assessment of the Labor Market needs for undergraduate students to be admitted in newly opened by the respective university professional fields and specialties from the regulated professions for which no data is available about the realization of graduates and postgraduates.

A Council of Ministers’ Decree № 186/22.07.2016 for amending the Council of Ministers’ Decree № 90/26.05.2000 for the conditions and procedure for granting scholarships to students, doctoral students and specializing graduates in the state universities and scientific organizations. The Decree was prepared as a result of the activities of a working group formed with the Minister of Education and Science Order № RD09-731/25.05.2016 on changes to the provision of scholarships from universities and scientific organizations. It includes representatives of student councils, the National Students Union, Ministry of Finance, the Rectors’ Conference and the Ministry of Education and Science. The amendments in Decree are as follows:

  • scholarships are determined by using only one of the mandatory indicators – “average semester progress”;
  • universities must designate part of the funds for scholarships to be available only for the “average semester success” indicator;
  • the share of funds for scholarships for the “average semester progress” of its total designated funds for scholarships is determined by the university, in consultation with the students’ council;
  • students can apply for more than one scholarship, but can get only one of the scholarships a choice based on a written application;
  • universities are required to pay scholarships to the 5th day of the month following the month for which they are due;
  • increased is the monthly amount of the scholarship which now is to be not less than BGN 70 /it was BGN 50 before/ and not higher than BGN 150 per month /it was BGN 120 before/;
  • increased is the size of rewards and benefits which the Rector may grant undergraduate and graduate students from BGN 200 to BGN 300.

A Council of Ministers’ Decree № 219/26.08.2016 supplementing the regulations of Council of Ministers’ Decrees amending Council of Ministers’ Decree № 64/25.03.2016 on the conditions and procedures for approval the number of students to be enrolled for trainig in state universities and adopting the list of priority professional fields and Council of Ministers’ Decree № 162/20.06.2001 to determine the differentiated standards for maintenance of education per student in professional fields.

Council of Ministers’ Decree № 64/25.03.2016 on the conditions and procedures for approval of students to be enrolled for training in state universities and adopting the list of priority professional fields is supplemented by the list of protected specialties. Under § 4e, p. 10 of the Higher Education Act protected shall be specialties of higher education, for training in which is lacking expression of interest or alleged interest is low, but at a certain stage of economic and social development of the Republic of Bulgaria there is need for training of highly qualified specialists in these fields. In drawing up the list of protected fields the following is taken into account:

  1. The analysis of existing specialties for training students in state universities defining those in which is lacking expression of interest or alleged interest is low, but at a certain stage of economic and social development of the country there is need for training of highly qualified specialists in these fields, as well as the implementation of obligations under the signed bilateral agreements.
  2. Uniqueness by territory – the specialty is offered in only one state university. For this purpose an overview of the majors in all state universities in all professional fields was done. 
  3. Uniqueness of the content – the specialty curriculum does not overlap in its content with the curriculum in similar specialties for more than 25%. For this purpose they have been reviewed and compared curriculum of the programs selected in the first sign.
  4. Presence of bilateral cooperation programs for which the state has an obligation to implement them.

The proposal for the protected specialties list is a result of the measures set in the Strategy for Development of Higher Education in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2014 - 2020 and according to the last amendments of the Higher Education Act.

The Council of Ministers’ Decree № 162/20.06.2001 to determine the differentiated standards for maintenance of education per student in professional fields is complemented with a financial mechanism for promotion and preservation of the protected specialties in Bulgaria.

The targeted funding of these protected specialties is important nationally because the state should defend certain specialties, the interest of consumers to which is limited, but they are important for the economic and social life of the country as well as for the implementation of the state international commitments. This will ensure the achieving of sustainable and long-term policy in higher education in terms of the students care.

(January - March)

The last amendments to the Higher Education Act were published at the State Gazette on 03.01.2016. They refine the funding model for the public universities, aiming to optimize the funding mechanisms for higher education depending on the quality of education, the labor market needs and social development. The philosophy of change is not to strengthen the centralization of the system but to promote quality, transparency and accountability.
Specifically in terms of financing, the following amendments are introduced:

  • Higher schools are obliged to publish the financial reports on their websites;
  • The allocation of the Higher School budget to their basic units should be published on the website of the university, as well as expense reports to it;
  • Additional funding is envisaged for priority professional fields determined by the Council of Ministers – for the public universities will be provided additional funds for students enrolled for training in professional fields "Mathematics", "Informatics and Computer Science" and "Communication and Computer technique ";
  • The assessment, planning, allocation and expenditure of funds from the state budget for financing of the higher schools scientific or creative activities are carried out under conditions and procedures specified by the Council of Ministers.

In accordance to the Strategy for Development of Higher Education in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2014 - 2020 year and recent amendments to the Higher Education Act are determined priority professional fields and protected specialties. Targeting these strategic fields and protected specialties is important nationally because in some cases there is a glut of personnel in some areas and professions on account of shortages in others. At the same time the state is obliged to protect certain professions, the interest of consumers to which is limited, but important for economic and social life of the country.

A Council of Ministers decree regulates the terms and procedure for approval of enrolled for training students in state universities and a list of priority professional fields.
Some of the other changes in the Higher Education Act are related to:

  • Expanding the higher schools scope of activities – business, implementation of research results and other objects of intellectual property, as well as setting up a company for these purposes.
  • Appendix concerning the establishment, transformation and closure of branches of universities.
  • Expanding the powers of the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
  • Determination of the university as a research based on certain indicators for excellent research and outcomes research.

The Council of Ministers Decree on conditions and procedures for approval of enrolled for training students in state universities and adopting the list of priority professional fields has been drafted. In this way the system of higher education introduces a new mechanism for determining the number of enrolled students in different higher education institutions according to quality of education and the needs of the labor market. Funding of the 33 state universities is based on an integrated assessment of the quality of education and its compliance with the needs of the labor market, formed on the basis of criteria and evaluation results in accreditation of the university and its programmes.

A draft of the Judgment of the Council of Ministers for issuing a state guarantee for 2016 under the lending of students up to 50 million BGN. The Minister of Education and Science shall sign on behalf of the government agreements for issuing of state guarantees for loans to students and doctoral students on loans granted by bank which have signed a standard contract for lending to students and postgraduates under the lending of students.

Several operations have been launched with funds from the European Social Fund Operational Programme "Science and education for smart growth”: for improving the ranking system of universities; for supporting vulnerable groups’ access to higher education; for providing practical training to 11,500 students in a real working environment; 

Scholarships have been given to over 8,000 students for training in areas of higher education, identified as priority for the country. 

2015

(June - September)

By Decisions of the National Assembly four independent colleges were transfomed into specialized highеr schools, which led to a new Council of Ministers Decision of 07.10.2015 on the approval of the number of the undergraduate and graduate students to be accepted at the universities and research organizations of the Republic of Bulgaria during the academic 2015 - 2016 year. This changes the structure of the student composition. Before the transformation these four college could only train students to acquire a “Professional Bachelor” degree. After becoming specialized higher schools they can now offer Bachelor and Master programs as well.

Changes also occurred in the structures of some universities. For example, by decision of the National Assembly, Faculty “Public Health and Sports” in the structure of the Southwestern University “Neophyte Rilski” - Blagoevgrad was transformed into the Faculty of “Public Health, Healthcare and Sport”. Also by decisions of the National Assembly the Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. I. Stoyanov” - Varna opened two new branches - in the cities of Veliko Tarnovo and Shumen. This led to an increase in the number of places for admission in two majors “Nurse” and “Midwife”, both of which are in great scarcity, while at the same time this region of the country has seen increased demand for them.

(January - March)

The Strategy for Development of Higher Education /SDHE/ of the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2014-2020 was adopted by the National Assembly on 26th of February 2015. It was developed by an expert group, assigned by the Ministry of Education and Science.

The final version was composed after a period of intensive observe of Bulgarian and European documents for development of higher education, which documents correspond to the period 2014-2020, followed by a broad discussion with all stakeholders. The key priorities and main points in the SDHE was also a subject of preliminary consultations with experts from the European Commission.

The long-term Strategic Goal is formation of a modern and effective system of higher education, which center is the human – with their personal capacity and intellectual potential. The reformed system must guarantee:
  • preparation of motivated, proactive and innovative professionals;
  • successful professional job match of graduated students;
  • high and applicable results, retrieved from the scientific researches, conducted in the economy;
  • increased competitiveness of higher education and the knowledge economy in European and global environment. 
The specific objectives of the Strategy are:
  1. Improving access and increasing the share of graduates (reaching the level of 36% graduates aged between 30 and 34 years in 2020).
  2. Substantially improved quality of higher education and its compatibility with the European higher education systems in order to occupy a worthy place in the European Higher Education Area.
  3. Building a sustainable and effective link between universities and the labor market and achieving dynamic correlation between the demand and supply of graduates.
  4. Promotion of research in universities and development of innovation-oriented market economy.
  5. Modernization of the higher education institutions management and a clear definition of the types of universities and educational degrees.
  6. Increasing the funding for higher education and science and the effectiveness of their use by advanced funding model.
  7. Overcoming the negative trends in the career development of academic teachers and encouraging the best ones.
  8. Expanding and strengthening the lifelong learning network, widely used various electronic forms of distance learning.
  9. detailed Action Plan with concrete measures and term was adopted by the Council of Ministers. 
The Bulgarian University Ranking System was developed to support education service users in their choice of a university. The 4th updated version was launched in December 2014 and contains information about each of the 51 accredited universities in Bulgaria, which offer education in a variety of majors grouped into 52 professional fields. Depending on the individual priorities and needs of each user, the system allows comparisons and rankings of different scope and type in each professional field. There are over 70 indicators within the ranking criteria including such for the realization of graduates on the labor market. The main aim of the measure is to introduce a system for monitoring and evaluating the quality of higher education.

In March 2015 the Council of Ministers adopted a decree on the state requirements for acquiring higher education at the educational degrees "Bachelor" and "Master" (after acquired "Bachelor" degree) in "Navigation", "Ship electrical equipment", "Ship machines and mechanisms" and "Ship radio electronics" in the professional field 5.5. Transport, shipping and aviation. These specialties lead to the exercise of the following regulated professions:
  1. Navigator;
  2. Ship mechanic;
  3. Ship electrician;
  4. Ship radio officer.
For the preparation of regulations was formed a working group that developed the project in accordance with all national and international requirements, and which composition included representatives from the:
  • Ministry of Education and Science (including the national coordinator for the regulated professions);
  • Ministry of Defense;
  • Executive Agency "Maritime Administration" (as the authority competent to decide on the acquisition / recognition of the right to practice the professions, according to Decision № 273 of April 6, 2012 amending and supplementing the Decision № 619 of the Council of Ministers 2009 laying down the list of regulated professions in the Republic of Bulgaria);
  • National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency;
  • Universities training students in the above mentioned specialties.
The regulations aim to determine the state requirements for acquiring higher education in the specialties "Navigation", "Ship electrical equipment", "Ship machines and mechanisms" and "Ship radio electronics" by setting down the minimum number of hours in the relevant disciplines. The minimum number of hours may be increased according to the profile of the certain university.

2014

(January - March)

A group of members of parliament has proposed an amendment to the Higher Education Act, aiming to change the number of terms university deans and rectors can serve. Currently they can be in that position for no longer than 2 consecutive years. The amendment proposes to let each unviversity decide the duration and the number of terms in its Rulebook.

The rating system for higher education schools was updated. It aims to attract more foreign students to the Bulgarian system of higher education and contribute to the reversal of the “brain drain” phenomena. Through being transparent and objective and using 77 measures of evaluation, the rating system will increase higher schools’ competitiveness.

The rating system is available on rsvu.mon.bg and it is available in both English and Bulgarian. It will make it easier for high school students to pick the university that best matches their needs and provide them with objective information about the quality of teaching and their prospects after graduation. The system was compiled using information from centralized registries, from the respective schools’ databases, as well as through interviews with students, professors and employers.

The rating system has been updated as part of Operational Programme “Human Resources Development”. 

(March - June)

The Ministry accepted the National strategy for development of the pedagogical staff (2014-2020). The document:
  • defines the strategical borders of the national politics for education, training and career development of pedagogical staff;
  • sets a model for a comprehensive approach and politics for the improvement of educational quality in the country; 
  • creates conditions for the increase of authority and improvement of the social status of teachers.
The strategy implies the creation of a unified system of education and continuing qualification, financial and IT provision for the educational system, equality and competitiveness of the qualification institutions and organizations. It provides a set of measures for the updating of grading and self-grading practices for teachers and their work, along with special measures and politics for young pedagogical staff - for their motivation, recruitment and keeping in the profession, and for providing resources for their career development. 

The strategy envisions the creation of a unified normative legislation for national regulation of initial preparation, continuing qualification and career development of pedagogical staff. It also includes updates to the curriculum and programmes of higher education schools concerning students taught for the professional qualification "teacher"; coordination the continuing qualification of pedagogical staff accroding to the requirements of business; development of a modular system for remote schooling of the pedagogical staff.

The strategy implements a unified system of control of preparation and continuing qualification of pedagogical staff, as well as a system of controlling the quality of work, professional and career development that leads to a differentiated pay of the pedagogical staff and the inclusion of the profession "teacher" in the list of regulated professions in the Republic of Bulgaria.

In order to acheive the strategy's goals there is a plan containing deadlines, responsible institutions, funding sources and expected results for the realization of thå actions. It will be updated every two years marking off the accomplished results and more measures for the improvement of the plan's realization will be added if needed. 

(October - December)

In October the government adopted an updated version of the Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in Bulgaria for the 2014 – 2020 period. The Strategy has taken in consideration Bulgarian and European documents dealing with higher education development, as well as the Operational Programme “Sciences and Education for Intelligent Growth.” 

Among the Strategy’s goals are:

  • increasing access to higher education
  • increasing the number of university graduates between the ages of 30 and 34 to 36% by 2020.
  • creating a lasting and effective relationship between higher schools and the labor market
  • making Bulgarian higher education compatible with European higher education systems
  • stimulating research in higher education institutions, as well as the development of innovations oriented towards the market economy.
  • modernizing the system for managing higher education schools
  • increasing funding of higher education institutions and improving the efficiency of funds
  • expanding and stabilizing the system for lifelong learning. 

The update of the Strategy comes with an Action Plan. The funds needed for its enactment will come from two sources – programme funding from the national budget, as well as funds from European structural and investment funds.

2013

Currently, the Bulgarian Government efforts are focussed on implementing the key objectives set within the National Reform Programme – updated in 2013, in compliance with EU country specific recommendations. Several strategic documents and sets of measures, which are directly corresponding to the Erasmus+ programme, are adopted, under preparation, or expected to be adopted as of January 2014:

The National Strategy for Development of Higher Education (2014 - 2020) – the strategy will lay the foundations for the transformation of the current national system of higher education through consolidation and restructuring of existing HE institutions, to address the real needs of the national and world labour market and economy. Some of the Strategy’s main goals are as follows:

  • Stimulating interest in higher education and granting broader access to it;
  • Increasing the quality of instruction, encouraging student, teacher and researcher mobility;
  • Building a sustainable and effective relationship between higher schools and market institutions;
  • Building an integrated and effective network for scientific research activities and encouraging innovation in higher schools and research centers;
  • Modernization and decentralization of the management and funding system, corresponding to the worldwide tendency of granting higher schools with more autonomy, as well as market demand.
  • Expanding and stabilizing the lifelong learning network; applying forms for electronic distant learning.
The full text of the draft is available here.

The National Strategy for Development of Pedagogical Staff – the document is currently under preparation. However, it is important to acknowledge some of the initial considerations that underpinned the process of initiating this strategy. The focus is put on young inexperienced teachers, who have recently graduated. The main objective for the next few years is to support this particular target group, through different stimulating measures, in order to answer the need for more skilled and motivated teachers and trainers to ensure the provision of high-quality education. Concerning career development and continuous training of teaching staff, the strategy will identify different mechanisms to foster intranational and international working mobility.

The full text of the draft is available here.