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MEDIA Training (2001-2005)

Training programme for audiovisual professionals



Official title

"Training programme for professionals in the European audiovisual programme industry (MEDIA-Formation) (2001-2005)"

Legal references

Decision no 163/2001/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 19 January 2001, published in OJ L26 of 27 January 2001.


Encourage a strong and competitive European audiovisual programme industry through a training programme using new technologies.

For this, the objectives of the MEDIA-Training programme are the following:

a) give the professionals of the European audiovisual industry the necessary skills to be competent in:

    • the application of new technologies, digital in particular, for the production and distribution of audiovisual programmes;
    • economic, financial and business management, with knowledge of the legal and technical rules of production and distribution.

b) encourage cooperation and the sharing of know-how and good practices by establishing networks between the training partners, meaning training institutes, the professional sector and companies.

Target public / beneficiaries

The training actions receiving support are accessible to the professionals of the concerned sectors of the audiovisual industry and radio.



The MEDIA-Training programme is operating from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005.

Nature of the activities

The European Commission is supporting vocational training projects in the following areas:

  • new technologies, including for the protection of Europe's film and audiovisual heritage;
  • economic, financial and business management, including legal rules, distribution and marketing;
  • screenwriting techniques and the development of new types of programmes.

The actions proposed for each field consist of:

  • promoting suitable training courses, as a complement to the actions of the Member States;
  • setting up a network of training actions, facilitating exchanges of instructors, distance training, the organisation of traineeships by awarding grants, etc.

Budget and amount of aid

The amount of aid for the period from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005 is 50 million euros.

The Community is not funding more than 50% of the cost of the operations (up to 60% in exceptional cases).

The total amount of 50 millions euros is being divided between the above-mentioned fields, ie. training in management, writing and new technologies.


The European Commission is implementing the programme. It makes the final selection with the help of recognised independent experts of the audiovisual sector.

The Commission is also ensuring, in close cooperation with the Member States, the overall coherence and complementarity with other Community policies, programmes and actions concerned with the audiovisual field.

For example, for the call for proposals 2000, the Commission selected 42 initiatives offering training courses during 2000-2001. Of these initiatives, 17 concern project and business management, 15 are on the use of new technologies and 10 deal with writing techniques.

Communication means

The official texts, calls for proposals and other useful documents can be downloaded at the following address:

Additional sources of information

Unit in charge:
European Commission
DG "Education and Culture"
Jacques Delmoly (office B100-4/20)
Head of Unit DG EAC/C3
rue de la Loi 200
B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32 (0)2 299 92 14

MEDIA-Training contact person:
Gisela Gauggel-Robinson
Tel: +32 (0)2 296 11 46

The contact addresses of the different teams in charge of the MEDIA programme can be found at: en.htm

Last update: 07/01

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