In the context of adopting its proposal for the next Erasmus programme, the European Commission decided to double the budget to 30 Billion Euros for the period 2021-2027. It also proposed to include an amount of 700 Million Euros for a new initiative “DiscoverEU“ which will offer young people the opportunity to discover other EU countries.

The general objective of the new Erasmus Programme is to support the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport, in Europe and beyond, thereby contributing to sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion and to strengthening European identity.

Adopted on May 30, 2018, the proposal will provide learning and mobility opportunities to 12 million people, in comparison to 4 million people in the current programme.

In addition, it will contribute to the implementation of the New Skills Agenda for Europe with a shared commitment to the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.

The Programme is designed as well to support Member States in reaching the goals set out in the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

Hence, the access to the Programme for smaller organisations, such as grassroots organisations, newcomers and people who are hard to reach will be made easier.

This will allow organisations with lower organisational capacity and participants with little or no experience in transnational cooperation to have a first time experience in accessing Union funds and gaining knowledge in view of future transnational cooperation activities.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: “I am very proud that this Commission has proposed to double the budget for Erasmus – this is by far the biggest increase for any programme in the EU budget we have tabled. And we need to be bold: this programme will support the big ambitions we have for empowering young people, building a European Education Area and strengthening European identity.”