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  • Action programme (EEC) to promote innovation in the field of vocational training resulting from technological change in the European Community (EUROTECNET), 1990-1994

Previous programme


Official Journal Reference

L 393 of 1989-12-30

Legislative Reference

89/657/EEC of 1989-12-18
To promote innovation in the fields of basic and continuing vocational training in response to both current and future technological changes and their impact on employment, work and necessary qualifications and skills.


This second EUROTECNET programme, like the first, has its roots in Council Decision 63/266/EEC of 2 April 1963 (Official Journal No 63 of 20.4.1963) laying down general principles for implementing a common vocational training policy.

At meetings in London (5-6 December 1986) and Madrid (26-27 June 1989) the European Council emphasized both the importance of actions directed towards the improvement of training and the fundamental importance, for economic and social development, of the upgrading of human resources through training. The Council adopted in 1987 a third action programme for the vocational training of young people and their preparation for adult and working life (PETRA), stressing the need to develop the capacity of vocational training systems to adapt to rapid technological, economic and social change. The Commission communication to the Council on 18 April 1985, made subsequent to the Council resolution of 2 June 1983 (Official Journal No C 166 of 25.6.1983), demonstrated the importance of developing cooperation between the Member States with a view to making full use in vocational training systems of the possibilities offered by new technologies.


- Network of national or transnational innovatory projects designed to develop and improve vocational training policies and systems for the new technologies in the Member States;

- Community measures designed to support and supplement those measures taken by and within Member States:
. Promoting the use of innovative approaches for adapting basic and also continuing vocational training to technological change;
. Undertaking research and analysis, in order to adapt the provision of basic or continuing vocational training to the consequences of technological change;
. Organizing a series of information campaigns and activities.


The Commission, assisted by a committee of an advisory nature composed of the representatives of the Member States, is responsible for the implementation of the programme, drawing upon the assistance of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). It shall keep the Advisory Committee on Vocational Training regularly informed of the development of the programme and ensure consistency and complementarity with other Community programmes involving vocational training and/or technological development.

The results of the national or transnational projects undertaken by the Member States and the Commission measures are subject to objective external assessment during the first half of 1992 and the first half of 1994, to be reported to the Council, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee, highlighting the programme's financing procedures. The Commission shall submit to these same bodies by 30 June 1995 a final report on the results of the programme.

The funds estimated as necessary for the first three years of the five-year implementation period (1990-1994) amount to ECU 7.5 million.
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