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SOCRATES programme - Call for proposals on questions of mutual interest in educational policy

The European Commission, DG XXII, has published a call for proposals concerning the implementation of Chapter III, Action 3, Point 1 (Questions of mutual interest concerning educational policy) of the SOCRATES Community action programme in the education field.

The Commission intends to provide financial assistance for the development of studies and analyses on themes of mutual interest, and operational activities such as exchanges of experts, study visits, symposia and seminars on these themes. Proposals for studies should build on existing work, aim to identify trends and future developments, concern themes of interest at Community level and explain their added value in relation to existing work and national studies. Proposals for operational activities must involve participants from at least four or five countries.

Three priority themes have been selected by the Commission for the 1998 work programme. These are:

- The role of education with respect to young people leaving education systems without adequate preparation;
- Evaluation of the quality of school education;
- Lifelong education.

Community funding for studies will not generally exceed ECU 100,000 per year, or 50% of the eligible costs of a project. Grants for operational activities may be up to ECU 40,000, and no more than 50% of eligible expenditure. The total available to support activities under this call for proposals is likely to be around ECU 800,000.

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