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Directorate General Education and Culture

The Culture Programme (framework programme for culture)
The Culture Programmme contributes to the financing of Community co-operations in all artistic fields: performing arts, visual arts, literature, music, history and cultural heritage, etc. Equipped with 240 million euros over the period 2000-2006, 400 million euros over the period 2007-2013 this program develops the cultural diversity of the European Union, the creativity and the exchange between European cultural actors, whilst making culture more accessible to a larger public. Financial support is granted to projects which are selected on the basis of an annual Call for Proposals.
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Cultural Contact Points

SOCRATES II (educational exchanges) and Leonardo da Vinci II (support for vocational training)
Equipped with 1,85 and 1,15 billion euros respectively over the period 2000-2006, the Socrates II and Leonardo da Vinci II programs finance education and training projects in the arts, teaching projects in schools on cultural themes, or activities which raise cultural awareness. A key aspect of their activities relates to language training.

Socrates
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National Contacts

Leonardo da Vinci
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National Contacts

Youth (co-operation in the field of youth)
The Youth program has 520 million euros for the period 2000 and 2006, and intervenes in the cultural field by financing exchanges of young people with cultural topics, periods of "voluntary service" for young Europeans through cultural preservation programmes and cultural initiatives of young people.
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National Contacts

eLearning
Equipped with a budget of 44 million euros over the period 2004-2006, the purpose of the eLearning program is the integration of communication and information technologies (TIC) in the systems of education and training within Europe Union; one of its fields of action relates to the promotion of the digital culture. The access to these programs, managed at European level, is mainly through specialised national agencies. For certain actions, it is directly through the European Commission departments.
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Euromed Youth
This EU program, with its 10 Mediterranean partners, aims at promoting intercultural dialogue and offers youth organisations from both side of the Mediterranean advice on exchanging their experiences (exchanges of young people, voluntary services, support measures).
Euromed Youth II (2002-2004) has a total aid of 14 million euros.
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Tempus
Established in 1990, the Tempus programme is a higher education cooperation scheme between EU Member States and Partner Countries.
At present, the partner countries eligible for funding through cooperation via consortia with the EU Member States are the Western Balkan countries (these are referred to as the 'CARDS' countries), The Partner States in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (these are referred to as the 'Tacis' countries).
In June 2002, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a final decision to extend the programme to the EU's Mediterranean partners.
Institutions from groups of countries may also participate in Tempus projects, but on a co-financing basis.
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How to participate to Tempus programme

Town Twinning programme
- Part of Community Action to Promote Active European Citizenship, established for the period 2004-2006.
- Current call for proposals for the year 2005 DG EAC nr 70/04 'Promotion of active European ctizenship' support to Town Twinning actions; published in the OJ under the number C 259 on 21/10/2004.
- Budget 2005: 10 Mio Euro
- Objectives: to support town-twinning events, which contribute towards bringing the people of the European Union closer together and reinforcing European awareness. These events should foster new and existing links and networks between local authorities in the European Union and strengthen the dialogue between its citizens.
- Structure:
A. Meetings between citizens – aim: bringing together citizens in the framework of new or existing twinning arrangements between towns and municipalities in the European Union,
B. Conferences in the framework of town-twinning dealing with European themes and training seminars for town-twinning officers.
- Deadlines for 2005:
First phase: until 15 November 2004 for actions beginning between 15 March and 30 April 2005;
Second phase: until 3 January 2005 for actions beginning between 1 May and 15 June 2005;
Third phase: until 15 February 2005 for actions beginning between 16 June and 31 July 2005;
Fourth phase: until 1 April 2005 for actions beginning between 1 August and 30 September 2005;
Fifth phase: until 1 June 2005 for actions beginning between 1 October and 31 December 2005.
- Website: http://ec.europa.eu/towntwinning/index_en.html

Last update: 20-03-2007