Supplementary Memorandum by the European
Commission (FUS 42A)
ESF) FOR MARITIME
Training for seafarers is eligible for European
Social Fund (ESF) assistance, ESF forms part of the European Structural
Funds. The total budget available to the UK under the ESF for
training is in the order of E 5.5 billion for the period 1994-99.
The Commission only has limited information
on the measures taken in application. The general policy objectives
of ESF assisted training are agreed on the European level. The
measures are then implemented by the education authorities (Ministries)
in the Member States.
It is up to the Member States concerned as to
what priority they give to each type of training. More detailed
information regarding requests for funding and details of payments
in the UK can be obtained from the Department for Education and
Employment (DFEE) in London.
The total annual budget of the Leonardo programme
which assists in vocational and professional training (including
the training of seafarers) over the last four years is in the
order of E 140-155 million per annum, this is the total sum available
for projects in the EU and EEA Member States (18 in total). The
budget for 1999 (EU 15 only) is just under E 140 million.