European Association of Institutions in Higher Education

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

6 Fte (6)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Association of Institutions in Higher Education   (EURASHE)

    EU Transparency Register

    622449913391-69 First registered on 04 Apr 2014

    Goals / Remit

    EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences and university colleges; other members of EURASHE are national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

    EURASHE strives to support the development and transformation of European society through professional higher education. EURASHE’s mission is to strengthen the impact of innovative, high quality professional higher education and related user-oriented research in Europe by representing professional higher education institutions and facilitating their multi-stakeholder cooperation and dialogue.

    Main EU files targeted

    European Education Area (European University Initiative, future universities, micro-credentials, recognition...)
    European Higher Education Area (consultative member)
    Smart Specialisation
    Skills agenda
    Digital agenda
    European Research Area
    Sustainable development goals


    Head Office
    Ravensteingalerij 27/3
    Brussels 1000
    EU Office
    Ravensteingalerij 27/3
    Brussels 1000


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 04 Mar 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Iskren Kirilov TODOROV 05 Jul 2019 04 Jul 2020
    Mr Michal Karpisek 04 Jul 2019 01 Jul 2020
    Ms Dovile SANDARAITE 04 Jul 2019 01 Jul 2020
    Mr Vaidotas VILIUNAS 04 Jul 2019 01 Jul 2020
    Mr Fernando Miguel Galan Palomares 20 Jul 2017 11 Jul 2018
    Mr Marko Grdosic 20 Dec 2016 15 Dec 2017
    Mr Michal Karpisek 16 Dec 2016 16 Dec 2017

    Complementary Information

    Besides the indicated staff of the Secretariat, EURASHE contributes to the relevant agenda thanks to substantial engagement of its members and office holders, mainly the President, Vice-presidents and Board members.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Academic institutions

  • Networking


    Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP),
    European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Member's contribution, Grants, EU funding

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) 125,000€
    Grant EACEA 125,000€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Europass Advisory Group#E03613# #Member #C#Academia/Research#European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group#E02107# #Observer #C#Academia/Research#Working Group on Higher Education#E03799# #Member #C#Academia/Research#Expert group on European Quality assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET)#E02415# #Member #C#Academia/Research#Working Group on Vocational Education and Training and the Green Transition#E03798# #Member #C#Academia/Research, Civil society, Professionals, Other#Platform of European Associations of VET Providers#E03298# #Member #C#Academia/Research, Civil society

    Groups (European Parliament)

    LLL intergroup / CULT committee

    Communication activities

    EURASHE presented statement “Entering a decade of flexibility and diversity: a new momentum for professional higher education” at the EHEA 2020 ministers’ conference, held close consultation of higher education future developments, skills and digitalisation with top representatives of EC. EURASHE was strongly engaged in policy discussions within European structures, Bologna process, European Research Area and paid great attention to actual issues – European university initiative, skills agenda, flexible learning including micro-credentials, ERA roadmap. A number of activities were coordinated with other partners from higher education community, civic society, stakeholders, but also European and international organisations (OECD, Council of Europe).
    EURASHE in its internal discussions and consultation with various stakeholders addressed a variety of topics from inclusion of PHE students, innovative learning and teaching, flexibility of higher education and relevant instruments (micro-credentials, recognition of prior learning), skills and competence development in quality work-based learning (WBL Charter for higher education). The role and impact of UAS in regional activities, their involvement in smart specialisation strategies were addressed widely. As regards research EURASHE promoted stronger international links, supported PHE institutions in their efforts to get engaged in framework programmes, by policy statement, awareness raising but also matchmaking for concrete calls.,

    Other activities

    EURASHE is engaged in the development of policies on key issues for Professional Higher Education (PHE). They are grouped into 4 strategic areas of (1) Fulfilling the PHE mission in changing world by quality, (2) Providing Relevant & Flexible Learning for Digital Society, (3) Bringing innovation and development through user-oriented research and finally (4) Addressing local needs through regional engagement.

    PHE may play an important role as an intermediary between higher education, vocational education and training and the labour market. In particular, PHE institutions are – in a way – ‘bilingual’; they speak both the academic and professional language, and can thus be key players in the process of a better understanding between higher education and the world of work. To attain this aim, it is important to elaborate multidimensional characteristics of PHE with adequate indicators of good practice or even excellence, and to make a comparative review of existing higher education structures in European countries, identifying also problems and weak points of present systems.

    Various ministerial communiqués have highlighted the diversity of European higher education as an asset. A transparent, multidimensional classification system of instruments which are designed to benchmark higher education institutions on research and innovation, teaching and learning outcomes, services to society, level of internationalisation and mobility, governance, study fees and study environment, student and stakeholder involvement, etc., may help identify and make visible such diversity.

    Lifelong learning (LLL) as a leading principle for the development of the EHEA is strongly supported and advocated by EURASHE. LLL contributes to extending knowledge and skills and to creating new skills and transversal competences. For individuals, LLL is a major source to be flexible towards professional changes or personal development and growth. We urge governments to ensure adequate investment and legal support for LLL as one of the most liberating tools of equitable society as one of the strongest movers towards economic growth.

    Applied research, development and innovation (RDI) conducted in Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) play an important role in enhancing European competitiveness and innovation capacity, especially at the regional level where institutions act as connectors and crucial links between world of work, organisations and society. In addition, applied research activities play an important role in developing students’ entrepreneurship skills and contribute to more economic growth and jobs. The working life skills gained from practical research also strongly enhance graduates’ employability.

  • Meetings


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    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 09 Feb 2022 Location videoconference
      Subject Meeting on Skills
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Nicolas Schmit
      Portfolio Jobs and Social Rights
      • Anouk Faber (Cabinet member)
      • Christoph Nerlich (Cabinet member)
    • Date 11 Jun 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject European higher education
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Digital Economy and Society
      • Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner)
    • Date 11 Jun 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject European higher education
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Innovation and Youth
      • Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner)
    • Date 09 Jun 2020 Location Videoconference
      Subject Videoconference on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the impact of the crisis on VET.
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Nicolas Schmit
      Portfolio Jobs and Social Rights
      • Nicolas Schmit (Commissioner)
      • Anouk Faber (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 03 Feb 2020 Location Brussels
      Subject Skills Agenda, Vocational Education & Training, European Education Area
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
      Portfolio Promoting the European Way of Life
      • Catherine Sustek (Cabinet member)
    • Date 12 Feb 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Higher education policy and skills
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
      Portfolio Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
      • Patricia Reilly (Cabinet member)
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