EU to Expand Erasmus+ Programme in Next 7 Years – Institutions Agree to Invest Over €26 Billion

14.12.2020, Schengenvisainfo News

Up to 12 million youngsters will be able to benefit from the Erasmus+ programme in the next seven years, after the negotiating team of the European Parliament and the German presidency of the Council reached a provisional agreement last Friday to expand the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027.

Starting from 2021 until the end of 2027, the EU plans to triple the number of students who benefit from the Erasmus+, which will be more inclusive, not only by covering higher education but also all types and levels of education and training.

Negotiators from both sides have agreed to allocate a budget of €24.57 billion in current prices plus €1.7 billion in 2018 prices, from which 83 per cent will go to activities in the area of education and training, 10.3 per cent to actions in the area of youth and 1.9 per cent to sport-related activities.

Commenting on the deal, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek expressed her satisfaction on the new agreement, noting that through it, the German presidency of the Council intents to “generate enthusiasm for Europe.”

The Parliament’s rapporteur Milan Zver also applauded the agreement pointing out that now €26 billion can be spent on training, education and more and properly fund three initiatives that have been successfully piloted since 2018 which are:

  • the Centres of Vocational Excellence
  • DiscoverEU
  • European Universities

The Chair of EP Culture and Education Committee Sabine Verheyen, on the meantime, asserted that so far Erasmus+ has had low levels of participation among people with fewer opportunities, claiming that the new programme will change that.

“Those who have missed out in the past will have significantly improved access to learning and mobility, through the specific provisions we have inserted,” she said.

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