Current Phase 2000-2006

The second phase of the Leonardo da Vinci programme is a seamless continuation of Community action that has been undertaken for twenty years in the vocational training field.
Following-on directly from the aims laid down for the first phase of the programme, this second phase seeks to support and supplement action taken by the Member States, while fully respecting their responsibility for the content and organisation of vocational training, and their cultural and linguistic diversity. It does this by supporting transnational co-operation projects in the field of vocational training.
There are other Community programmes and initiatives which provide support for projects in associated fields. The Commission and the Member States are mindful of the need to ensure the consistency and complementarity between the Leonardo da Vinci programme and these related programmes; they also have regard to the priorities set out in the employment guidelines. The Commission, in partnership with the Community social partners, is making efforts to develop co-ordination with the European social dialogue including efforts at sectoral level.


The programme has three general objectives:

  • to improve the skills and competencies of people, especially young people, in initial vocational training at all levels; this may be achieved inter alia through work-linked vocational training and apprenticeship with a view to promoting employability and facilitating vocational integration and reintegration;
  • to improve the quality of, and access to, continuing vocational training and the lifelong acquisition of skills and competencies with a view to increasing and developing adaptability, particularly in order to consolidate technological and organisational change;
  • to promote and reinforce the contribution of vocational training to the process of innovation, with a view to improving competitiveness and entrepreneurship, also in view of new employment possibilities; special attention will be paid in this respect to fostering co-operation between vocational training institutions, including universities and undertakings, particularly SMEs.

Under the first two objectives, innovative counselling and guidance approaches are of particular importance.
In implementing the three objectives, special attention will be given to proposals addressing:

  • the development of practices to facilitate access to training for people most at a disadvantage in the labour market, including disabled people;
  • equal opportunities for women and men, with a view to combating discrimination in training provision.

For the realisation of the programme's objectives, calls for proposals are published which set out specific priorities.



Procedure A: Projects on Mobility.

Procedure B: Pilot projects, Language competencies, Transnational networks.

Procedure C: Reference material, Thematic actions, Proposals submitted by European organisations (Pilot Projects, Transnational Networks, Language Competencies, Thematic Actions, Reference Materials).

Who can participate?

Participating countries

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is open to a wide range of European countries. The following countries can participate:

  • all Member States of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom);
  • the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the terms of the EEA agreement;
  • the candidate countries to the European Union: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

Procedure B and C Projects: 

Procedure B and C Projects are those seeking to promote innovation, European dimension, transferability, quality with analyzing and solving problems of the vocational training systems. This department is responsible for the implementation of Pilot Projects, Language Competences, and Transnational Networks under Procedure B. The Branch also informs promoters about Reference Materials, Thematic Actions and Joint Actions under Procedure C. 


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DG Education and Culture
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Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
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