The European Commission has adopted proposals for Council Decisions which would open up the Community's programmes in the field of education, training and youth to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. The Commission's proposals are for Decisions to be adopted by the Association Councils, which bring together the Council of the EU with Ministers of the three countries concerned. The Community programmes to be opened up to participation are: - SOCRATES: Community action programme in the field of education; - LEONARDO DA VINCI: Community action programme in the field of vocational education and training; - YOUTH FOR EUROPE: Community programme in the field of youth cooperation. These programmes are currently open to participation by entities from the 15 EU Member States, as well as the EEA members (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). The Commission may present proposals for the participation of other Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) in the near future. It is hoped that at least some of the CEECs will be able to participate in the programmes in the second half of 1997.
Czechia, Hungary, Romania