The meeting which took place in the capital of Ukraine, was aimed at bringing closer European adult education policy and programs and non EU countries and to provide the space for them to articulate their position towards this issue.
The objectives of the meeting were to: present EAEA and to discuss its role in non EU countries; disseminate recent news about European policies and programs; exchange experiences among non EU countries on European policies, strategies, programs and projects. The representatives of 15 European countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, BiH, Croatia, Georgia, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, Belgium, Denmark and Germany) discussed these topics in working groups. Within the SEE group several problem areas and priorities in adult education in non-EU countries were identified such as: financing, unregulated legislation, quality insurance, lack of professional staff (adult educators), low participation, lack of reliable statistics and data bases, regional differences. Furthermore the participants were encouraged to define common expectations on EAEA and what they can offer in return. Due to mixed groups (different regions, backgrounds, trends, legislature etc.) it was rather hard to perform this task though. Despite these circumstances the groups agreed on following expectations: advocacy and lobbying at several levels; financially support presence of non EU members on EAEA general assemblies and bigger events; presence of EAEA in non EU countries (meetings, events etc.); projects and fundraising. In order to consider how the general crisis influenced the countries the participants were again divided in smaller groups. The representatives of Montenegro, Macedonia and BiH expressed that the impact was not that substantially, except the decrease of international/donor funds, since the region is experiencing the economic crisis for a very long period now. The more important issue, according to their opinion, is the readiness of individuals to adapt to changing labour market, raising awareness on importance of adult education and necessity of validation of non formal education.