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1994, when first phase adopted by E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union. Second phase adopted in 2000, by Council of the European Union and F-XF0667 - European Parliament (EP). Administered by E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC). Many elements of the previous programmes U-XF0534 - Community Programme in Education and Training for Technology (COMETT), U-XF1973 - European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) and U-XF0997 - LINGUA are included in Socrates activities, 'ERASMUS' and 'LINGUA' under their original acronyms. Ceased to exist 2006, when replaced by Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).


Promote a Europe of knowledge through developing the European dimension in education and promoting lifelong learning based on formal and informal education and training; support the building up of knowledge, skills and competence likely to foster active citizenship and employability. While fully respecting responsibilities of member states, contribute to developing quality education by: strengthening the European dimension of education at all levels and facilitating wide transnational access to educational resources; promoting equal opportunities throughout all educational fields; promoting quantitative and qualitative improvement in the knowledge of languages in the European Union, particularly those languages less widely used and taught, so as to lead to greater understanding among peoples of the EU; promoting the intercultural dimension of education; promoting cooperation and mobility in the field of education, in particular through encouraging exchanges among educational institutions, promoting open and distance learning, encouraging improvement in recognition of diplomas and periods of study, developing exchange of information and helping to remove obstacles in this regard; encouraging innovation in development of educational practices and materials including, where appropriate, use of new technology; exploring matters of common policy interest in the field.


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Management and Advisory Committee of representatives from each participating country, chaired by a Commission representative. Bureau administered by U-XK2042 - Socrates, Leonardo and Youth Technical Assistance Office. Programme partly managed by: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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