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18 Dec 1989, as a result of the Decision No 89/657/EEC of the E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union. Commenced on 1 Jan 1990, as an action programme of the E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC), to last for a period of 5 years. The programme follows on from the European Commission work programme from 1985 to 1989 (also known as EUROTECNET), which was concerned with promotion of vocational training measures related to new information technologies. Also referred to as Action Programme to promote Innovation in the Field of Vocational Training resulting from Technological Change in the European Community. Came under the continuing education administrative unit of U-XF1695 - Task Force for Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth of the European Commission (TF-HRETY). From 1993 operated in synergy with U-XF2533 - Formation continue en Europe (FORCE). Ceased to exist when combined with FORCE, U-XF1087 - PETRA and IRIS - European Network of Training Schemes for Women, as from 1 Jan 1995, into one large Community basic and continuing training programme: U-XF3432 - LEONARDO DA VINCI. IRIS is now an independent association, U-XF1254 - IRIS Association.


Promote innovation in the fields of basic and continuing vocational training with a view to taking account of current and future technological changes and their impact on employment, work and necessary qualifications and skills.


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The European Commission, through the Task Force Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth, has responsibility for overall management of the Programme. 'Single Advisory Committee for EUROTECNET and FORCE' comprises representatives of Member States and also representatives from both sides of industry and SMEs. The Commission cooperates with Member States' authorities in establishing 'National Animation and Dissemination Units' within each Member State, receiving technical support in the implementation of the Programme through a 'EUROTECNET Technical Assistance Office'.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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