Erasmus + (2014-2020)
Erasmus + is the new programme for education, training, youth and sport started in 2014 and has significantly increased the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus + is based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people's potential, regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.
The 7-year programme has a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.
Erasmus + has a streamlined structure which is supposed to improve effectiveness, which means more grants for students, trainees, teachers and others. The benefits for individuals also bring benefits for the EU economy as a whole.
The main aim remains the same – to improve people's skills and ultimately their employability as well as to support the modernisation of education and training systems.
Erasmus + replaces seven programmes: it brings together the existing Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig), Youth in Action, and five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries).
Erasmus+ is open to all EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, EU candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy and other countries in the Western Balkans. In addition, non-EU, mostly neighbourhood countries, are able to benefit from actions aimed at promoting study and training opportunities abroad, as well as youth activities.
- Posted on: 01.02.2016
- Created by: Desiree Pecarz
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