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EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Education and


									                        EUROPEAN COMMISSION
                        Directorate-General for Education and Culture

                        School education: Socrates, Comenius

                                                                        Brussels, 19.04.2000
                                                                        EAC.A.3/MAK/AOM/KIM D(2000) 04012


Subject:           Training courses for educational staff with Comenius grants for the
                   period 1 June 2001 to 31 May 2002.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to submit proposals for in-service education courses to be
organised in the period between 1 June 2001 and 31 May 2002.

As former or current Comenius 2 and 3.1 and Lingua A projects you are entitled to
submit a course for entry in the Comenius course catalogue. The catalogue will be valid
for a period of one year. The nature of the catalogue is described in the text in annex.
Comenius Action 3.1 projects should note that this catalogue is different in nature from
the one which operated under Socrates I.

If you decide that you wish to organise an in-service education course for teachers in the
period June 2001 to end May 2002, then you will need to complete two forms:

1. A course information form in English or French; and

2. A course information form in the main language in which the course is to be held.

From the beginning of May the forms will be available on the Comenius part of the
Socrates website:

Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Bruxelles/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussel - Belgium - Office: B—7 7/53.
Telephone: direct line (+32-2)29.95602, switchboard 299.11.11. Fax: 29.68602.
Telex: COMEU B 21877. Telegraphic address: COMEUR Brussels.
or can be obtained by emailing Kirsten Mueller at

Completed applications must be sent in electronic format to your national agency by
30 June 2000 at the latest. Please note that course information forms must be submitted
in both electronic and paper format. You should also note that, in the case of running
projects, we recommend that courses are run in the third year of a project’s existence.

The catalogue will be published towards the end of this year. You will be able to consult
the catalogue on the Internet on the Comenius homepage at

to check whether your course has been accepted and to ensure that the details given are

It is proposed that the Comenius catalogue will be published annually. If you wish your
course to be included in subsequent catalogues, you may apply for inclusion at future
deadlines. However, you should note that Comenius and Lingua A project co-ordinators
will not in future be notified by letter of the deadlines for submission of courses. You
may wish to note that it is the intention of the Commission to put out a call for courses in
or around April of each year, however, the exact date will probably vary from year to year
so I would emphasise that to check deadlines as and from 2001, you should consult your
National Agency and the Comenius website at the address given above. In future years,
you should also consult the Guidelines for Applicants and the Annual Call for Proposals
in relation to procedures and eligibility. The Guidelines and Call for 2001 should be
available from summer 2000.

Should you have further queries please contact Isabel Rodilla (tel.: +32-2-29.68406, fax:
+ 32-2-29.68602, e-mail:

Please quote your project number in all contacts.

I would like to thank you for the enthusiasm and commitment which you have displayed
until now in your participation in Comenius Actions 2 and 3.1 and Lingua A and for your
contribution to the successful implementation of these Actions.

Yours faithfully,


                                                     Marja KARJALAINEN
                                                      Acting Head of Unit

                               The Comenius Catalogue

What is the Catalogue?

The Comenius Catalogue is a list of courses meeting certain quality criteria. It will be
compiled and updated regularly by the European Commission in co-operation with the
National Agencies in the participating countries. Its purpose will be to assist teachers to
find those courses that are eligible for funding under Comenius which most meet their
training needs.

Why apply for a course to be included?

Courses included in the Catalogue are eligible to receive persons wishing to undertake in-
service training who are funded by grants under Comenius. It is anticipated that, over
time the Catalogue will become the sole list of courses considered eligible for this
purpose. From the inception of the Catalogue, National Agencies will give priority to
applicants applying to attend courses included in the Catalogue. Potential participants
will be able to obtain from the Catalogue comprehensive information about the wide
range of eligible courses and thus be able to make an informed choice of course.

What courses will be included in the Catalogue?

The Commission will launch periodic calls for courses from course providers who would
like their courses to be included in the Comenius Catalogue. Any provider of in-service
training courses, whether from the public or private sector, for teachers or other
categories of staff working in the school education sector, is eligible to apply. Courses
must demonstrate in their applications that they meet the requirements set out in the call
for courses. However, courses developed under the former SOCRATES I Actions
Lingua A or Comenius 2 or 3.1 will be included, if the projects under which they were
developed were approved by the Commission at central level. Such projects only need
to let national agencies have copies of their course proposal in the appropriate format
as set out in this letter.

Thus, where a project:

 has been approved by the Commission for funding, and

 has developed or plans to develop an in-service training course(s) which it wishes to
  be included in the catalogue

the course provider is not required to go through the same procedure as other providers
who have not gone through the rigorous scrutiny to which Comenius and Lingua projects
were submitted when applying for funding. The course provider is only required to
follow the procedure outlined in this letter.

Where is the Catalogue published?

The Catalogue is published on the Internet and in a paper version available from via
National Agencies.
For how long will a course stay in the Catalogue?

Courses included in the Catalogue, either as a product of European projects or following
the call for courses, will remain in it until all their scheduled courses have been held,
subject to satisfactory evaluations from course participants and receipt of a satisfactory
written report from the provider. For inclusion in subsequent years, all providers –
including those having developed courses in a European project - must submit a new

Does selection for the Catalogue ensure that courses will be full?

No. All selected courses will be included in the Catalogue. Applicants will choose from
the Catalogue courses they wish to attend.

Can courses in the Catalogue also involve participants not funded by Comenius?

Yes. Providers are free to recruit participants from any source they wish. They should do
their best to ensure that the participants come from several European countries.


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