As noted here in EAEA news the European Commission are in the process of developing new programmes for education and lifelong learning as well as citizenship for the programme period 2007-2013.
These European programmes wants once again to try and introduce a European dimension into education, training and culture. The existing Socrates (education), Tempus (co-operation scheme between EU Member States and Central and Eastern European countries), Leonardo da Vinci (vocational training) and Youth (non-formal education) programmes will expire in 2006.
From November 2002 to February 2003, the Commission conducted a consultation process with stakeholders to determine the key elements of the new European programmes after 2006.
Today the Commission can only satisfy 50% of the requests for funding for the current programmes. The limit of 0.8 percent of the EU budget allocated to education and culture is simply not enough. This may change with the introduction of the new programmes.
The Commission has adopted two communications, "The new generation of education and training programmes" and "Citizenship in action" on 9 March 2004. These communications set out the guidelines for future programmes from 2007.
To reach the ambitious targets the Commission has set itself, a substantial increase in the amount of the budget devoted to education and training will be needed. The Communication does not indicate how much money should be earmarked for the programmes as the Commission's budget allocation for the period 2007-2013 will only be decided later on.
Education Commissioner Viviane Reding told reporters that these programmes are designed to play a significant role in transforming Europe into a knowledge economy. She pointed out that Member States must transform words into deeds by increasing significantly the funding available for these mobility programmes. She indicated that a tripling of the budget would be necessary to reach the targets set.
EAEA News on the Communication "The new generation of education and training programmes