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Call for Proposals for supporting European cooperation in education and training (ECET)

European Cooperation in Education and Training
The European Commission has recently published a new Call for Proposals in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. The objective of the call for proposals EACEA/15/11 is to support European cooperation in education and training.

The call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training comprises two separate parts:
Part A — Raising national awareness of lifelong learning strategies and of European cooperation in education and training
Part B — Support for transnational cooperation in the development and implementation of national and regional lifelong learning strategies

The general objectives of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training are to support the establishment and implementation of coherent and comprehensive lifelong learning strategies and policies at national, regional and local level, covering and interlinking all types (formal, non-formal, informal) and levels of learning (preschool, primary, secondary, tertiary, adult, initial and continuing vocational education and training), including links to other relevant policy sectors (e.g. employment and social inclusion), through:
— supporting awareness-raising and institutional commitment, coordination and partnership with all stakeholders to contribute to national implementation of the four strategic priorities of the ‘Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020)’,
— supporting European cooperation and exchange of experiences and good practice in the development and implementation of coherent and comprehensive lifelong learning strategies and policies at both the national and regional level, covering all forms and levels of education and training,
— supporting the identification of the main critical factors and through joint experimenting, testing and transferring innovation in relation to the successful implementation of lifelong learning strategies and policies.

Eligible activities within the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training are:
Part A.1 — Raising national awareness of lifelong learning strategies and of European cooperation in education and training (Strategic Framework ET 2020)
The activities to be financed under this part of the of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training are:
— awareness-raising activities supporting national debates and dialogue linked to the establishment and implementation of lifelong learning strategies and policies (such as national or regional conferences, seminars or workshops), with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non- formal and informal),
— the establishment of forums and other activities which will contribute to better coherence and coordination in the process of establishing and implementing coherent and comprehensive national lifelong learning strategies, with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal),
— dissemination and awareness-raising activities under the Strategic Framework ET 2020 of tools or reference material (e.g. information activities, including media campaigns, publicity events, etc.), with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal),
— follow-up action linked to existing national programmes aiming at establishing and implementing the Education and Training Open Method of Coordinaton under the Strategic Framework ET 2020 at national level, with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal).

Part A.2 — Raising national awareness of lifelong learning strategies and of European cooperation in education and training
The activities to be financed under this part of the of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training are:
— activities supporting national debates and dialogue (such as national or regional conferences, seminars or workshops) linked to the establishment and implementation of lifelong learning strategies and policies, with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal),
— the establishment of forums and other activities which will contribute to better coherence and coordination in the process of establishing and implementing coherent and comprehensive national lifelong learning strategies, with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal),
— Follow-up action linked to existing national programmes aiming at establishing and implementing the Education and Training Open Method of Coordinaton under the Strategic Framework ET 2020 at national level, with a special focus on the recognition and validation of prior learning (non-formal and informal).

Part B — Support for transnational cooperation in the development and implementation of national and regional lifelong learning strategies
The activities to be financed under this part of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training are:
— joint development and testing of innovative tools and practices,
— transnational transfer of good practice (peer learning) which may include analyses, conferences and seminars, aimed at directly supporting policy making and implementation,
— actions aiming at the creation and development of transnational partnerships supporting policy making and implementation at the regional, national and European level.

Activities must start between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012.

The maximum duration of projects is 12 months for Part A and 24 months for Part B.

The total available budget allocated for the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training is 2,8 millions euro.
The maximum financial contribution which may be awarded for a single application in the frame work of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training is 120.000 euro for Part A and 300.000 euro for Part B.

The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training is 30 June 2011,

Further information on the call for proposals Support for European cooperation in Education and Training can be found on the EACEA's web site

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