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Document 11997E149

Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)
Part Three: Community policies
Title XI: Social policy, education, vocational training and youth
Chapter 3: Education, vocational training and youth
Article 149
Article 126 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version)
Article 126 - EEC Treaty

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/treaty/tec_1997/art_149/oj

11997E149

Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version) - Part Three: Community policies - Title XI: Social policy, education, vocational training and youth - Chapter 3: Education, vocational training and youth - Article 149 - Article 126 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version) - Article 126 - EEC Treaty

Official Journal C 340 , 10/11/1997 P. 0244 - Consolidated version
Official Journal C 224 , 31/08/1992 P. 0046 - Consolidated version
(EEC Treaty - no official publication available)


Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)

Article 149

1. The Community shall contribute to the development of quality education by encouraging cooperation between Member States and, if necessary, by supporting and supplementing their action, while fully respecting the responsibility of the Member States for the content of teaching and the organisation of education systems and their cultural and linguistic diversity.

2. Community action shall be aimed at:

- developing the European dimension in education, particularly through the teaching and dissemination of the languages of the Member States;

- encouraging mobility of students and teachers, inter alia by encouraging the academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study;

- promoting cooperation between educational establishments;

- developing exchanges of information and experience on issues common to the education systems of the Member States;

- encouraging the development of youth exchanges and of exchanges of socio-educational instructors;

- encouraging the development of distance education.

3. The Community and the Member States shall foster cooperation with third countries and the competent international organisations in the field of education, in particular the Council of Europe.

4. In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives referred to in this Article, the Council:

- acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251, after consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, shall adopt incentive measures, excluding any harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States;

- acting by a qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission, shall adopt recommendations.

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