ERASMUS+ Programme

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Erasmus+ was the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020, which started in January 2014.

Erasmus+ aimed at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education, Training and Youth work. The seven year programme had a budget of €14.7 billion. This represented a 40% increase compared to prevous spending levels and showed the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.

Erasmus+ would provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. In addition to providing grants for individuals, Erasmus+ would support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps Europe was facing. It would also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there wwould be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ brought together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training and Youth; it would for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offered more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training and Youth sectors and was easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe during the period 2014-2020. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad.

A mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+ was adopted by the European Commission in January 2018.

On 30 May 2018, the European Commission adopted its proposal for the next Erasmus programme, with a doubling of the budget to €30bn for the period 2021-2027.

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Wikipedia: ERASMUS Programme
Website: Erasmus Student Network
ESO: Find further information in ESO on Erasmus+

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