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LEONARDO DA VINCI programme - Call for proposals 1997

The European Commission, DG XXII, has published a call for proposals and general information relating to projects to be supported in 1997 under the LEONARDO DA VINCI action programme for the implementation of a Community vocational training policy.

The objective of the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme is to promote new approaches in initial and continuing vocational training policies and practices. Following experience gained in the first two years of the programme, the Commission has decided to better identify the specific nature of activities to be supported by the programme.

The priorities identified for 1997 are as follows:

- The acquisition of new skills;
- Forging closer links between educational or training establishments and enterprises;
- Combating exclusion;
- Promoting investment in human resources;
- Promoting access to skill and promoting the development of vocational skills through the Information Society in the context of lifelong learning.

The programme is implemented by calls for proposals following two procedures. For the following strands, the Commission is responsible for the organization of the call:

- Strand II: Support for the improvement of vocational training measures, including university/industry cooperation, concerning undertakings and workers;
- Strand III.2.a: Surveys and analyses in the field of vocational training.

For the remaining strands, calls are organized under the responsibility of the Member States of the EU and the EEA (European Economic Area):

- Strand I.1.1: Support for the improvement of vocational training systems and arrangements in the Member States;
- Strand I.1.2: Transnational placement and exchange programmes;
- Strand III.1: Support for the development of language skills;
- Strand III.2.a: Surveys and analyses in the field of vocational training;
- Strand III.3.a: Dissemination of innovation in the field of vocational training.

Proposals for projects under the first procedure should be sent to the Commission's Technical Assistance Office for the programme. Proposals under the second procedure should be sent to the National Coordination Office for the programme in the appropriate Member State, in response to calls for proposals launched by these offices in coordination with the Commission.

A series of Information Days relating to these calls will be organized by the Commission in Brussels, Belgium, from 3 to 6 February 1997. These Days are primarily aimed at assisting prospective proposers to find partners for innovative vocational training projects.

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