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Parliamentary questions
28 July 2006
Answer given by Mr Figel’ on behalf of the Commission

The Commission would like to thank the Honourable Member for recalling the success of the Socrates programme, in particular the individual mobility grants and partnerships managed by a network of national agencies. Analysis of the agencies' 2004 final reports for Erasmus and Grundtvig shows that most countries already had a very high rate of use for the funds allocated to those actions, as the table below indicates. Since the level of demand has continued to increase in 2005 and 2006, each national agency signs contracts for almost all the budget available.

Data availableAverage % of funds used% of funds used in Malta
Erasmus2004-200598 %98 %
Grundtvig200496 %96 %

Our past experience with a similar programme proved that reallocation of funds from one country to another during the same contractual year would not be effective, as national agencies commit almost all the national envelope and have very small amounts (if any) to give back after project selection and contracting.

Unspent funds mainly concern actions which were less expensive than foreseen in the individual contracts signed between the beneficiaries and the national agencies. These amounts are recovered by the national agencies at the end of a mobility period or the completion of a partnership and returned to the Commission for use in the Socrates programme budget of the following year.

OJ C 328, 30/12/2006
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