New proposal for the Erasmus Programme (2021-2027)
Jun 14, 2018 — On 30 May, the European Commission the Commission adopted its proposal for the next Erasmus programme, with a doubling of the budget to 30 billion euros for the period 2021-2027, with €25.9 billion for education & training, €3.1 billion for youth & €550 million for sport.
The proposal aims to:
• Support up to 12 million people between 2021-2027 - three times more than in 2014-2020!
• Reach out to people from all social backgrounds through new formats and easier access for smaller and grassroots organisations
• Build stronger relations with the rest of the world through physical and virtual mobility.
• Place more focus on study fields like renewable energy, climate change, environmental engineering, AI and design.
• Give 1.5 million young people the chance to discover Europe's cultural heritage through new iniative DiscoverEU
We welcome the decision to increase the budget of the Erasmus+, as well as to rationalise some other expenses line in the overall MFF. We admit that the objectives are in line with what we call for in our campaign and in our advocacy efforts. Nonetheless, despite acknowledging that Erasmusx10 was a very ambitious target, we think that more could be done for Erasmus+ in the negotiations.
For instance, while we appreciate the efforts towards an increase of the VET budget, no particular actions are fostered for a more inclusive education. Too little is also foreseen for adult education, and the budget allocation probably does not reflect societal needs. Sports remains an underrepresented sector.
On a general note, the level of funding does not seem adequate to reflect the ambitious objectives set by the Commission. We would like to see a stronger focus on cross-sector cooperation, and to see how the “lifelong learning approach” is put into practice.
In this scenario, the European Parliament still calls for a tripling of the funding, which would be undoubtedly a great achievement.
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