THE EUROPEAN Union's financial watchdog, the Court of Auditors, has found "significant weaknesses" in both the concept and management of Brussels key education programmes, Socrates and Youth for Europe.

Costing some Euro 998 million and Euro 141 million respectvely, (Pounds 600 million and Pounds 85 million), between 1995 and 1999, the programmes are designed to encourage co-operation and exchanges between teachers and pupils, foster language skills and inject a European element into curricula.

The Court found that neither the ...

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