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6 Dec 1994, on adoption of 1st phase of the Action Programme for the Implementation of a European Community Vocational Training Policy (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), by Council of the European Union. Activities started 1 Jan 1995, running to Dec 1999, as the overall initial and continuing vocational training programme of European Commission (EC), building on the activities of: Action Programme for the Development of Continuing Vocational Training in the European Community (FORCE); Community Programme in Education and Training for Technology (COMETT); EUROTECNET; PETRA, as well as part of the LINGUA and IRIS - European Network of Training Schemes for Women. Based on Article 127 of Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty), supports and complements actions of Member States of European Union (EU). Second phase formally adopted, 26 Apr 1999, as Community Vocational Training Action Programme (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), running from 1 Jan 2000 to 31 Dec 2006. Previously also referred to as LEONARDO and Léonard. As of 2007, a sub-programme within Lifelong Learning Programme.


Through transnational cooperation: improve the skills and competences of people, especially the young, in initial vocational training, in particular through work linked training and apprenticeship; 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, aiming to improve competitiveness and entrepreneurship.

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Concentrates on the 3 objectives of the programme, implemented by 5 types of transnational measure: 'Mobility': support for transnational mobility projects for people undergoing vocational training, especially young people, and for those responsible for training; 'Pilots projects': support for transnational projects to develop and transfer innovation and quality in vocational training, including actions relating to the use of information and communication technologies in training; 'Language competences': support for projects promoting language and cultural skills in vocational training; 'Transnational networks': support for projects which assemble, pool and build on expertise and innovatory approaches for the exchange of experience and good practices aiming to disseminate the outputs and results of networks and projects throughout the Union; 'Reference materials': support for projects aiming to compare data, surveys and analyses, observations and dissemination of good practices.

Programme is open to participation of the 15 EU Member States and the EFTA/EEA countries. Subject to bilateral agreements, it is also open to the participation of the associated countries of Central and eastern Europe and to Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 33 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 32 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Youth
  • Education
    • Further Education

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



Last News Received

15. Oct 2006
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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