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General measures to educate and increase awareness in the field of the environment

The European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for proposals for general measures to educate and increase awareness in the field of the environment.

The call for proposals refers to the first indent of the comment on the 1995 budget (under Article B4-306), which indicates that this appropriation is intended to cover:

- The financing of general measures to educate and increase awareness of environmental and animal-protection problems;
- The promotion of representative European organizations active in the environment and animal-protection fields whose activities cover all or some of the Member States and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe or the Mediterranean countries.

The call for proposals refers solely to the first indent.

According to the Community programme of policy and action in relation to the environment and sustainable development ("Towards sustainability", OJ No C 138 of 17.5.1993), the projects planned under the call must contribute to better education and increased awareness of the environment on the part of the various actors defined in the abovementioned programme, notably economic operators, including trade unions, regional and local authorities, environmental protection organizations and consumer-protection organizations.

The aim of the projects should be to develop exchanges of information and experience with a view to promoting lasting and structured cooperation, participation and dialogue between the various parties concerned.

The following projects are excluded:

- Projects with a commercial aim;
- Market studies;
- Education projects intended directly for educational establishments, students and teacher training;
- Projects intended directly for the general public, such as films, publications, fairs, exhibitions, etc.;
- Projects already in progress on the date of publication of the call;
- Research proposals and studies;
- Financing of installation or investment costs;
- Proposals covering environment and aid to developing countries;
- Financing of the setting-up of electronic databases and computerized communications networks.

Eligible applications will be examined and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

- Importance of the multiplier effect at European level, especially within the EU;
- Lasting commitment by the partners concerned to environmental protection;
- Ability to demonstrate effective and balanced cooperation between the various partners (e.g. environmental protection bodies and regional authorities);
- Ability to promote an integrated approach to the environment, as a priority in one or more of the five following areas, taking account of the socio-economic aspects with a view to sustainable development:
. Industry;
. Energy;
. Transport;
. Agriculture;
. Tourism;
- Commitment to widespread dissemination of the results of the project, and the effectiveness of the mechanisms and procedures planned for that purpose;
- Optimum cost-benefit ratio and the level of financial participation of the other partners.

Priority will be given to projects with transnational geographical coverage. However, where justified by the quality of the proposals, selection will take account of several factors affecting the Community, notably those where awareness of environmental aspects is most lacking.

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