Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved by the European Parliament on November 19th.
Erasmus+ has three main targets:
- two-thirds of the budget is allocated to learning opportunities abroad for individuals, within the EU and beyond;
- the remainder will support partnerships between educational institutions, youth organisations, businesses, local and regional authorities and NGOs,
- as well as reforms to modernise education and training and to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.
The new Erasmus+ programme combines all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action and five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries). This will make it easier for applicants to understand the opportunities available, while other simplifications will also facilitate access.
Read the full EU press release