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Education and training programmes finalised for 2000-2006

The Council of Ministers formally adopted the next phase of two of the EU's major education and training programmes, Tempus III and Leonardo da Vinci II on 29 April 1999.

The Tempus programme will continue to support the reform and development of national higher education sys...
The Council of Ministers formally adopted the next phase of two of the EU's major education and training programmes, Tempus III and Leonardo da Vinci II on 29 April 1999.

The Tempus programme will continue to support the reform and development of national higher education systems in Central and Eastern Europe, and in the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia from 2000 to 2006, based on funding from the Phare and Tacis programmes. However, with the original Tempus countries in Central and Eastern Europe now candidates for EU membership, they are no longer eligible for Tempus support, and the programme will now focus on the remaining Phare countries (Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Macedonia) and the NIS.

The Leonardo da Vinci II programme (which also runs from 2000 to 2006) will provide over 1,000 million euro to improve vocational training in Europe. This renewed programme is designed to "support and enhance the actions of Member States". It aims, through transnational cooperation, to improve quality, encourage innovation, and strengthen the European dimension of vocational training systems and methods.

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