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Promotion of environmental education and training

The European Commission has published a call for proposals relating to measures to promote environmental education and training. The Commission plans to grant financial support, in the order of ECU 1 million, for measures in this sector. The proposed measures should notably:

- Strengthen environmental education at all levels of general, technical and vocational education;
- Help in promoting awareness of environmental problems at Community as well as national and local level;
- Help to strengthen the European dimension in education and training.

Priority will be given to initiatives based on cooperation and effective exchanges aimed at a lasting integration of environmental education and training into general, technical and vocational education, in particular in the following areas:

- The basic and continuous training of teachers (general, technical and vocational education);
- The development of specific curricula or models;
- The design, testing and evaluation of teaching materials;
- The networking (exchanges, cooperation) of key structures (training, information, documentation, etc.).

In order to be eligible for selection, the projects submitted must meet all the following criteria:

- They should demonstrate cost-effectiveness;
- They should generate a lasting multiplier effect on a European scale;
- They should demonstrate an effective and balanced degree of cooperation between the various partners at the levels of project design, project implementation, and financial participation;
- They should have significant geographical coverage across Europe (involving participation of at least three EU Member States);
- They should facilitate the lasting integration of environmental education and training into general, technical and vocational education;
- They should promote the exchange and utilization of innovative experiments (interdisciplinarity, evaluation, validation) on a European scale.

The following are not eligible:

- Activities limited to only one or two Member States;
- Educational exchange visits and school trips;
- Projects to fund investments in plant and equipment;
- Public awareness and information campaigns;
- Activities already completed or in progress;
- Initiatives involving continuous training or university-level initiatives other than those mentioned above;
- Activities eligible for funding under other Community initiatives;
- The simple transfer of a national initiative.
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