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Open consultation on Erasmus+ and predecessor programmes

30 years Erasmus+This public consultation is designed to support the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+.
The mid-term evaluation covers the activities undertaken under the Erasmus+ Programme during the period 2014-2016.

The open public consultation is an important part of the assessment of how well the Erasmus+ programme has been working and whether and how it should be amended in the future. It is also important to know your views on how well these predecessor programmes have worked in the past.

Deadline: 31 May 2017. Check here for more info.

The European Parliament must do more to improve lobby transparency

100 organisations for lobby transparencyOver 100 civil society organisations warned MEPs in an open letter that the Commission’s proposal risks providing even less transparency to the public than the current one and that if they are serious about transparency in the big EU institutions then they must start with their own house.

A few weeks before Commission, Parliament and Council are expected to start negotiating a revision of the joint EU Transparency Register, the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Civil Society Europe and Transparency International EU have brought together a broad civil society coalition to make key demands that will ensure meaningful reform.

To guarantee reforms that deliver greater lobby transparency, rather than a weakened register, the signatories urge MEPs to champion the following points during the negotiations:

  • a strong commitment by MEPs to only meet registered lobbyists
  • a financial commitment to help the register secretariat ensure data quality
  • maintaining the existing definition of lobbying, which includes direct and indirect lobbying
  • a commitment to a legally-binding lobby register in the longer-term

The letter is supported by more than 100 organisations active in areas such as worker and consumer rights, environment and public health protection, education and development cooperation.

CSO letter on EU lobby transparency

Apply now: EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017: Engaging new learners

EAEA Grundtvig Awards  2017This year’s EAEA Grundtvig Awards celebrate projects that have been successful in engaging new groups of learners.
Each year, the EAEA Grundtvig Award highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding how we can work in adult learning.

Apply now!

The future of Europe is a Learning Europe!

Lifelong Learning Platform StatementOn 1 March 2017, the European Commission published its White Paper on the Future of Europe. While it does underline the need for skills and lifelong learning, there is little attention when it comes to the next steps and concrete commitments in this regard.

The Lifelong Learning Platform, European Civil Society for Education, together with its members, is happy that the European Commission is going to look more thoroughly at the social dimension of Europe, but we are also concerned of the fact that it lacks an analysis of what really brings Europeans together and what drives the European identity among its citizens.

Read the answers on what keeps Europe together: LLLP statement on the Future of Europe

EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget

The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on March 22nd.
The Commission is expected to table a comprehensive legislative proposal by May. However, the initial 2017 phase of the Solidarity Corps has already kicked off and the European Commission wants to fund it with more than €58 million initially allocated to the Erasmus + and Europe for Citizens programmes.

EUNET welcomes the clear statement by the CULT committee of the European Parliament.

Read the press release
More information on the European Solidarity Corps