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Council decides on second phase of the Leonardo da Vinci programme

The Council of the European Union has recently published its Decision of 26 April 1999 establishing the second phase of the Community vocational training action programme, 'Leonardo da Vinci'.

This phase of the programme will begin on 1 January 2000 and continue until 31 Dece...
The Council of the European Union has recently published its Decision of 26 April 1999 establishing the second phase of the Community vocational training action programme, 'Leonardo da Vinci'.

This phase of the programme will begin on 1 January 2000 and continue until 31 December 2006. It is intended to contribute to the promotion of a Europe of knowledge by developing a European area of cooperation in the field of education and vocational training. It will support the Member States' policies on life-long learning and building up the knowledge, skills and competencies likely to foster active citizenship and employability.

The programme also aims to develop the quality, innovation and European dimensions in vocational training systems and practices through transnational cooperation.

The main objectives are to:

- Improve people's skills and competencies (particularly young people's) through vocational training at all levels;
- Improve the quality of, and access to, continuing vocational training and life-long acquisition of skills and competencies with a view to increasing and developing adaptability, particularly in order to consolidate technological and organisational change;
- Promote and reinforce the contribution of vocational training to the process of innovation, with a view to improving competitiveness and entrepeneurship.

These objectives shall be pursued by:

- Support for transnational mobility of people participating in vocational training schemes;
- Support for pilot projects based on transnational partnerships designed to develop innovation and quality in vocational training;
- Promotion of language competencies and understanding of different cultures in the context of vocational training;
- Support for the development of transnational cooperation networks facilitating the exchange of experience and good practice;
- Updating reference material through support for surveys and analyses; the establishment and dissemination of good practices and the comprehensive exchange of information.

These objectives will be implemented with an estimated total budget of 1150 million euro over the period 2000 to 2006. Transnational partnerships will be invited to submit proposals for action in three calls over the six-year period. The first call for proposals, to be announced in 2000 will be valid for three years. The second call (in 2002) and the third call (in 2004) will each be valid for two years.

Details of how the total budget will be divided during the second phase of the programme are given in annex to the Council Decision published in the Official Journal of the European Communities. This also details the accompanying measures set out for the programme to assist its implementation and the selection criteria applicable to successful bids for funding under this programme.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities

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