We very much liked the Marco Polo focus on operational activities related to the economy and the business sector rather than on research projects.
Sabine Piribauer, Project Manager, Via Donau
Common learning actions lead to improvements in commercial services that offer alternatives to transport by road. They focus on enhancing and disseminating knowledge of optimisation of or advances in freight logistics and on improving co-operation. These actions must be innovative, and have a clear added value for Europe. They achieve this in particular by sharing know-how. Consequently, they generally involve more partners than other types of action.
In the three years from 2007-2009, there have been six common learning actions-two each year. In 2009, they received 13% of the funding. Typically, common learning actions involve training or other 'soft' factors within the transport business. These include the introduction of new management techniques, using the latest e-learning tools [171 KB] , the use of the latest web-based technologies [154 KB] or innovative approaches to teaching, e.g. by providing training in short-sea shipping [156 KB] on vessels plying the Mediterranean.
The Marco Polo programme meets up to 50% of the cost of common learning actions. Funding is for projects lasting up to two years. Go to 'Getting funds' to find out how to obtain funding.