The Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA), located in Brussels, has been operational since 1st January 2006.
Its mission is to implement a number of strands of more than 15 Community funded programmes and actions in the fields of education and training, active citizenship, youth, audiovisual and culture.
Bringing these programmes under a single banner allows to coordinate management and provide programme beneficiaries with a fully comprehensive service.
While the agency has its own legal identity, it reports to three Directorates-General of the European Commission : Education and Culture (EAC), Communication (COMM) and EuropeAid Cooperation Office, which remain responsible for programming, evaluating, and issuing policies.
The agency is in charge of most management aspects of the programmes, including drawing up calls for proposals, selecting projects and signing project agreements, financial management, monitoring of projects (intermediate reports, final reports); communication with beneficiaries; and on the spot controls.
The programme strands managed by the Agency are all centralised and support technical projects, which do not imply making political decisions.
Mr Brian HOLMES