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Successor programme

To integrate the new information technologies and the specific skills they involve into broadly-based training programmes so as to improve access to continued employment and even to improve employment opportunities.


The Council Resolution of 2 June 1983 (Official Journal No C 166 of 25.6.1983) upon which this programme is based called for the launching of a Community action programme to promote the development of a common approach to the introduction of new information technologies which would be simultaneously responsive to economic and technical needs and to the social effects generated by such technologies. Actions were also to be undertaken by the Member States.

In implementing their policies on vocational training in new technologies, the Member States were asked to give particular attention to the relationship between employment and the application of new information technologies, as well as to the requirements of undertakings with regard to training in these technologies, to the development of qualifications in electronics and data processing, and to informing the public about the applications and consequences of new information technologies as regards employment and working conditions.


- A European network of demonstration projects set up to strengthen links between Member States;
- A programme of transnational cooperation promoting the exchange of information on project objectives, methods and results, and the development of joint projects;
- A series of in-depth studies on specific aspects of vocational training linked to the new technologies;
- Provisions to disseminate information and to give vocational training experts from the Member States access to EUROTECNET expertise;
- Specialized seminars and round tables;
- A database containing information on the projects.


The Commission was responsible for the implementation of this action programme, assisted by a group of government representatives and representatives from the social partners at European level, known as the National Policy Coordinators, which ensured mutual feedback of information and support between Community activities and Member States policies.

Actions carried out at Community level were financed upon Council Decision within the framework of the budgetary procedure, whereas the network demonstration projects were governed by the financing rules of the European Social Fund.

The Council examined the progress made and the results obtained, on the basis of an interim report and a final report submitted to it by the Commission.
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