Up to 12 million teens 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 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% will go to activities in the area of education and training, 10.3% to actions in the area of youth and 1.9% 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 Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027 will cover three action areas, and the main specific objectives for each will be as follows:
- In the education and training action area: the promotion of learning mobility of individuals and groups
- In the field of youth: the promotion of non-formal and informal learning mobility and active participation among young people
- In the field of sports: the promotion of learning mobility of sport staff
In a press release, the EU Council also points out that through the programme, the EU intends to achieve cooperation, quality, inclusion, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in all three fields listed above.