New Erasmus+: + opportunities + participants

The European Parliament approved the next Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027  on 28 March 2019.

It provides a threefold increase of funds for the next Erasmus generation, with the aim to boost mobility and make the programme more accessible for all groups of young people and adults, with a new set of measures to lift all economic, social and cultural barriers.

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More than nine million people have taken part in the Erasmus+ programme over the last 30 years, but it’s crucial to adapt the programme to the needs of disadvantaged people and increase their participation, providing more financial support for mobility, adjustment of grants, transport, and living costs.

In order to set the participation of people with few opportunities as a priority, and benefit from combined funding, more synergies with other European funding programmes are required. Based on this goal, MEPs proposed that the European Commission and national Erasmus agencies draft a European inclusion framework and develop national inclusion strategies.

MEPs also give the possibility to pre-school and early education staff, young athletes and sport coaches to take part in mobility schemes, with a focus on inclusion of border regions that will be a priority in the new programme.

It’s a good time to be a travel bug!

Erika Branca