National Support Services (NSSs) EPALE from 35 European countries gathered on May 29 and 30, 2024 in Bucharest for the annual NSS conference. The hybrid event was organised by the EPALE Central Support Service. On behalf of the Agency for Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Education, NSS EPALE team members from Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in this event in both on-site and online format.

The aim of the conference was to present the results of the project so far and to plan the next activities during the current project cycle implementation by NSSs, as well as to improve the performance of the EPALE platform.

The conference was opened by the representative of the European Commission, Wilhelm Vukovich, and on that occasion, he supported the work of the EPALE community and encouraged the members of the national teams to continue with good practice and active participation. After the official opening of the conference, the welcome of CSS representatives followed. Participants and hosts exchanged news and results of the first and second quarters of this year, followed by an overview of planned activities for the next period. A discussion was opened in which the participants gave their contribution by active participation. After the discussion, the participants had the opportunity to participate in team-building activities aimed at strengthening the synergy of the NSS teams, and then to summarize the impressions and conclusions of the first day of the conference.

The second day of the conference started with news about the redesign of the platform. Participants had the opportunity to give their opinion on the new appearance of the platform, as well as suggestions for changes for its simpler and more practical use. After a short break, the countries that plan to organize national side events as part of this year’s EPALE Community Conference have announced the dates, places and all the necessary details regarding the events. In the second part of the program, participants were divided into three separate working groups to discuss topics that included partnerships and collaborations of NSS teams, increasing the number of platform users, as well as their activities and content quality on the EPALE platform.

Conference participants made the greatest contribution by presenting proposals and positions on given topics, while the hosts collected useful material for future action. After summarizing the impressions, the conference was concluded. This event was another opportunity to achieve better results through joint work and create even stronger support that EPALE National Services provide to the adult education community across Europe.