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LEONARDO DA VINCI II

The second phase of the action programme
for the implementation of a Community
vocational training policy "Leonardo da Vinci"

 

Legal referencesLegal references

  • Council Decision 1999/382/EC of 26.4.1999 establishing the second phase of the Community vocational training action programme "Leonardo da Vinci", (OJ L 146 of 11.6.1999)
  • Council Decision 94/819/EC of 6.12.1994 establishing an action programme for the implementation of a European Community vocational training programme (OJ L 340 of 29.12.1994)


Objectives

  • To develop quality, innovation and the European dimension in vocational training systems and practices through transnational cooperation:
  • Improve the skills and competences of people, especially young people, in initial vocational training at all levels;
  • Improve the quality of, and access to, continuing vocational training and the life-long acquisition of skills and competences;
  • Promote and reinforce the contribution of vocational training to the process of innovation;
  • Special attention will be given to people at a disadvantage in the labour market, including disabled people, to practices facilitating their access to training, to the promotion of equality, to equal opportunities for women and men and to the fight against discrimination.

 

Target applicants / Beneficiaries

  • Vocational training establishments, centres and bodies, including universities
  • Research centres and bodies
  • Undertakings, especially SMEs and craft industry, public or private sector establishments
  • Trade organisations, chambers of commerce etc.
  • Social partners
  • Local and regional bodies and organisations
  • Non-profit making organisations, voluntary bodies, NGOs

This programme shall also be open to the participation of the following countries in accordance with the conditions set out in their partnership agreement with the EU:

  • the EFTA/EEA countries: Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland;
  • Cyprus, Malta, Turkey and the central and eastern European countries (CEECs): Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Estonia.

 

Operators

  1. European Commission, Directorate General XXII ("Education, Training and Youth"); Directorate B ("Vocational Training Policy"), which ensures the implementation of the Community actions covered by this programme;

  2. All the parties concerned by vocational training in the Member States;

  3. Committee of two representatives from each Member State and a Commission representative as a chairperson, who assist the Commission. The Committee delivers opinions on the following points:
    • general guidelines for the implementation of the programme and the financial support
    • the annual workplan
    • the annual budgets and distribution of funding between measures, joint actions, accompanying measures and projects of European organisations
    • the criteria for establishing the indicative breakdown of funds among Member States for the purpose of the actions to be managed according to selection procedure A
    • monitoring and evaluating arrangements, dissemination and transfer of results

 

Timetable

The second phase of the Programme shall be implemented over the period starting on 1 January 2000 and ending on 31 December 2006. The first call for proposals has a three-year validity. Second and third calls for proposals, each of a two-year validity, will be published in 2002 and 2004.

Year 2001

Deadline for sending proposals for Measure 1 (mobility): 19 January 2001.

Deadline for sending pre-proposals for Measures 2 (pilot projects and thematic actions), 3 (language
competencies), 4 (transnational networks) , 5 (reference material): 19 January 2001

Year 2002

Deadline for sending proposals for Measure 1 (mobility): 18 January 2002

Deadline for sending pre-proposals for Measures 2 (pilot projetcs and thematic actions), 3 (language competencies), 4 (transnational networks) , 5 (reference material): 18 January 2002

  • The interim reports on the implementation of this programme: 30 June 2002, 30 June 2004.

  • A communication on the continuation of this programme: 31 December 2004 and

  • A final report on the implementation of the programme: 31 December 2007.


Monitoring and evaluation: Member States shall submit to the Commission by 31 December 2003 and 30 June 2007 reports on the implementation and effectiveness of this programme.

 

Eligible measures/Types of projects

  1. Support for transnational mobility projects for people undergoing vocational training, especially young people, and those responsible for training (mobility);

  2. Support for transnational pilot projects to develop and transfer innovation and quality in vocational training, including actions aiming at the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in vocational training (pilot projects);

  3. Support for projects to promote language and cultural competences in vocational training (language competences);

  4. Support for transnational networks of European expertise and dissemination (transnational cooperation);

  5. Support for actions to establish, update and disseminate reference material;

  6. Support for joint actions with other Community actions promoting a Europe of knowledge and particularly the Community programmes in the field of education and youth (joint actions);

  7. Support for accompanying measures of management, coordination, monitoring, information, assessment, dissemination and evaluation activities, transnational networks of national resource centres for vocational guidance and cooperation with third countries and relevant international organisations (accompanying measures).

All project proposals must be transnational and involve at least one EU partner: all measures, with the exception of (1) and (3), will require partners from at least three countries. Measures (1) and (3) require partners from two countries.

 

Scope and level of assistance

For measure (1), the Community's contribution may not exceed EUR 5,000 per beneficiary. For measure (2), the Community may contribute up to 75 % of eligible expenditure with a ceiling of EUR 200,000 per year and project, for thematic projects: EUR 300,000. For measure (3), the Community may contribute up to 75 % of eligible expenditure with a ceiling of EUR 200,000 per year and project. For measure (4), the Community may contribute up to 50 % of eligible expenditure with a ceiling of EUR 150,000 per year and network. For measure (5), the Community's financial contribution will be between 50 % and 100 % with a ceiling of EUR 200,000 per year and project which could be raised to EUR 300,000, if justified by the scope of the project. For joint actions, with related Community programmes and actions for education and youth, Community contribution is up to 75 % of eligible expenditure.

 

EU funding

The financial reference amount for the implementation of this programme for the period 2000 to 2006 shall be EUR 1,150 million.

 

Implementation

The Commission shall secure the assistance of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in implementing this programme. Coordination shall be established under the auspices of the Commission with the European Training Foundation.

The proposals shall be selected according to one of the following procedures:

Procedure A

> Applicable to mobility actions (measure 1)

Procedure A consists of the following stages:

  • The Commission will allocate a global grant to participating countries after having sought the opinion of the Committee (see section "Operators");

  • proposals will be submitted by the promoters to the management structure designated by the Member State;

  • the management structure will assess the proposals, establish a list of the mobility programmes selected and circulate this list, for information, to the Commission and the management structures in the other Member States;

  • the Member States, with the assistance of the respective management structures, will be responsible for contracting and allocating the global grant to the individual promoters and will submit to the Commission an annual report on the results of the mobility programmes.

Procedure B

> pilot projects (measure 2), except for thematic actions
> language competences (measure 3)
> transnational networks (measure 4)

Procedure B consists of the following two-step selection process:

  • Selection of pre-proposals. Pre-proposals will be submitted by the promoters to the management structure designated by the Member State. Member States will evaluate and select the pre-proposals. Promoters of successful pre-proposals will submit a full proposal to the management structure. Pre-selection has to be carried out within two months after the end of the period for submission of proposals, as specified in the call for proposals

  • Selection of full proposals. The Member States will submit a report to the Commission after the evaluation and ranking of full proposals. The Commission, with the assistance of independent experts, will evaluate the proposals and consult with each Member State and will then submit to the Committee (see section "Operators",) a proposal on the allocation of the budgetary resources by measure and by Member State. After receiving the opinion of the Committee, the Commission will establish the list of selected projects per Member State and allocate the funds for the implementation of the selected projects to each Member State. This should take place not more than five months after the end of the period for submission of proposals, as specified in the call for proposals. Member States, with the assistance of the respective management structures, will be responsible for contracting and allocating funds to the individual promoters.

Procedure C

> reference material (measure 5)
> thematic actions (within measure 2)
> joint actions (measure 6)
> projects of European organisations (under all measures)

Procedure C consists of the following two-step selection process:

  • Selection of pre-proposal. Pre-proposals are to be submitted by the promoters to the Commission, with a copy to the management structure in their Member States. The Commission will evaluate the pre-proposals and, having sought the opinion of the programme Committee (see section "Operators") will make a selection. Pre-selection has to be carried out within three months after the end of the period for submission of proposals, as specified in the call for proposals.

  • Selection of full proposals. Promoters of successful pre-proposals will submit a full proposal to the Commission, with a copy to the management structure in their Member States. The Commission will undertake a transnational appraisal and establish a short-list of projects with the assistance of independent experts appointed by the Commission. After seeking the opinion of the Committee on this short-list, a final list of proposals shall be selected by the Commission. This should take place not more than five months after the end of the period for submission of proposals, as specified in the call for proposals. The Commission, with the appropriate technical assistance, will be responsible for contracting and allocating funds to the individual promoters.


    Note: The factsheet "LEONARDO DA VINCI II" P.4.1.4. replaces the factsheets P.4.1.2 "LEONARDO DA VINCI: general guidelines" and P.4.1.3. "LEONARDO DA VINCI: eligible measures", in the Directory of "European Union action programmes and rural development" (LEADER European Observatory)

 

Communication means

Additional information can be requested from the National Agencies of the Leonardo da Vinci programme. Addresses of the National
Agencies are available on the Leonardo da Vinci website:
http://www.europa.eu.int//comm/education/leonardo/leonardo2/nalist2.htm

Information on the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme, General Guide for Promoters, administrative and financial manuals and
application forms are available on the following website:
http://www.europa.eu.int//comm/education/leonardo/leonardo2_en.htm
or can be obtained from the European Commission, Fax: + 32-2-295 57 04.

Information on the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) is available at: http://www.cedefop.gr/

 

Additional sources of information

  • European Commission
    Directorate General XXII B Education,
    Training and Youth
    Directorate B - Vocational Training Policy
    Rue de la Loi 200
    B-1049 Brussels
    T: +32 2 299 11 11
    F: +32 2 299 53 25
    E-mail: leonardo@cec.eu.int

Partner search database is available on: http://158.169.131.60/leonardo_psd/

European Training Statistics: http://ec.europa.eu/education/leonardo/leonardoold/stat/traingstatis/index.htm



last update: 06/2000


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