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European Year of Languages 2001
“European Year of Languages 2001”.
The European Year of Languages 2001 is organised by the European Union and the Council of Europe. It has five main objectives:
Target Public/ Beneficiaries
Commission co-funding is available for organisations legally based within the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The European Year of Languages 2001 is aimed at the general public and experts in the field of language teaching and learning. The following bodies may submit a proposal for Commission co- funding:
Projects leading to a financial profit may not apply for funding nor may individuals or groups wishing to follow language courses.
The final beneficiaries of the co-financed actions shall include, among others, pupils and students, parents, workers, job seekers, the inhabitants of border areas or peripheral regions, cultural bodies, disadvantaged social groups and immigrants.
The European Year of Languages 2001 runs from 1 January - 31 December 2001. Projects must be carried out during this period.
The deadlines for submitting applications are:
Projects set up in the context of the following priority areas must take place during the relevant period: “The European Adult Language-Learners” Week (5 - 11 May 2001) and the “European Day of Languages” (26 September 2001).
Nature of Activities
The European Year of Languages will have two main elements: a Europe-wide information campaign celebrating Europe’s linguistic diversity and co-financing for projects originating in the Member States.
The present call for proposals concerns the second element. Co-financed projects should be implemented at local, regional and transnational levels. They should promote the objectives of the European Year of Languages, for instance in one or more of the following ways:
Priority will be given to projects which:
European Union Financial support
The budget available for co-financed projects is EUR 4.35 million. Co-financing will amount to a maximum of 50 % of the total eligible costs. The Commission expects to be able to co-fund approximately 150 projects with sums normally ranging from EUR 10 000 to EUR 100 000.
National coordinating bodies will perform the initial examination of the applications, and will forward all applications to the Commission together with their own evaluation of each project. The Commission will select the co-financed projects after consultation with independent experts and the Committee of the Member States, set up under the European Year of Languages 2001 Decision.
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
date of publication: 12/2000