The Lisbon Recognition Convention

The “Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region”, also known in abbreviated form as The Lisbon Recognition Convention, was approved on 11 April, 1997 by the diplomatic conference hosted in the Portuguese capital. The internal ratification by the Italian authorities occurred with the passing of Law n. 148 in 2002, while the ratification instruments were deposited at the Council of Europe on 6 October, 2010.


As deliberated by Article IX.2 of the above-mentioned Convention, the Italian state has entrusted CIMEA – Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence with the task of conducting the activities of National Information Centre concerning the procedures of recognition of qualifications currently in force in Italy, the Italian higher education system and the qualifications awarded at a national level.


Text of the Convention in Italian (unofficial) and in English (official).

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