Brussels warns gov’t over private degrees

The European Commission sent Greece a warning letter yesterday, demanding to know what action it has taken since last year’s European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, which stated that degrees from private colleges be granted the same recognition as those from state institutions. Yesterday’s warning letter takes Greece a step closer to being fined by Brussels, as it has failed to take any action since last October’s ruling, which called on the government to ensure that the qualifications issued by schools affiliated with established European universities be given full recognition. It is expected that Greece will be given a relatively short period of time to respond to the warning. When questioned by journalists earlier this year, Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos failed to rule out the government challenging the ECJ’s ruling in court.

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