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Leonardo funding approved
Keywords Vocational training, European Commission
The European Commission has approved funding of 94.8 million euros for projects under the Leonardo programme, which aims to improve vocational training in Europe. The money will support 753 projects involving 14,500 partners. The projects were chosen from a total of 2,170 submitted. They reflect the programme's priorities of acquiring new skills, bringing together educational and vocational-training establishments, boosting the fight against exclusion, promoting investment in human resources and broadening access to knowledge using the tools of the information society.
More than 20 per cent of the projects chosen have multiplier effects. Countries which have been accepted for future EU membership are represented in 131 of the projects. Some 27 million euros will be spent on placements and exchanges. This means that around 10,300 people will be able to undertake traineeships in companies abroad.
Bulgaria and Slovenia have joined the nine countries already admitted to full participation in Leonardo - Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland and Slovakia.