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EU launches EUR 3.9 bn calls for education exchange programme

25 November 2021, 22:26 CET
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EU launches EUR 3.9 bn calls for education exchange programme

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(BRUSSELS) - The European Commission launched nearly EUR 3.9 billion calls under the EU's Erasmus+ programme Wednesday, for the mobility of young people and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

With an increased budget adopted by the EU executive in its 2022 annual work programme, Erasmus+ is set to provide increased opportunities for study periods abroad, traineeships, apprenticeships, and staff exchanges and cross border cooperation projects in different areas of education and training, youth and sport.

"Next year Erasmus+ will be celebrating 35 years of successfully providing opportunities for people to study, learn and get training experience abroad," said Education Commissioner Mariya Gabriel: " All participants say that it is a life-changing experience, one that marked their personal and professional paths and left lasting memories of what it means to live in the European Union."

The main novelties introduced in the calls launched today are:

  • Forward-looking projects: New large-scale projects will support high-quality and inclusive digital education and the adaptation of education and training systems to the green transition. These ambitious projects will benefit from a larger budget and will run for a minimum of three years. They aim to involve a mix of public and private organisations. The overall objective is to achieve innovative outcomes that can impact education on a European scale.
  • More exchanges with third countries: thanks to funds from EU's external instruments, third countries will have the possibility to participate in targeted projects and exchanges, especially in the fields of vocational education and training, and sport.
  • More inclusive DiscoverEU: DiscoverEU offers 18-year-olds the possibility to travel through Europe. Two application rounds take place every year to distribute free travel passes. As of 2022, specific rounds will be dedicated for organisations to help even more young people with fewer opportunities to participate in DiscoverEU. They will benefit from more targeted support and funding.
  • Bringing the EU closer to schools: Learning about the objectives and the functioning of the European Union is an important part of promoting active citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination. Jean Monnet Actions, promoting the education on the EU, will be rolled out to schools and pupils of all ages, both in general and vocational education with various activities, including study visits.
  • Simpler financing of cooperation projects: Erasmus+ introduces the possibility for project beneficiaries in cooperation partnerships to apply for a lump sum for implementing their projects. This greatly reduces the administrative burden when applying, managing the project, and for the reporting tasks.

Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can apply for funding, with the help of Erasmus+ national agencies based in all EU Member States and third countries associated to the programme, and the European Education and Culture Executive Agency.

Details on the specific actions and related application deadlines are available in the documents published on the dedicated website.

Factsheet on the new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme

2022 annual work programme for the implementation of Erasmus+: the Union Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

Call for proposals for the 2022 Erasmus+ programme

Programme Guide for the 2022 Erasmus+ programme

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