Erasmus+ is the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, established by Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013.
Scope of the Programme
The Erasmus+ Programme is aimed at supporting the Union action in the field of education, training, youth and sport:
- education and training at all levels, in a lifelong learning perspective, including:
- school education (Comenius)
- higher education (Erasmus)
- international higher education (Erasmus Mundus)
- vocational education and training (Leonardo da Vinci) and
- adult learning (Grundtvig);
- youth (Youth in Action), particularly in the context of non- formal and informal learning;
- sport (Sports), in particular grassroots sport.
Erasmus+ will be implemented from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.
The Programme shall include an international dimension aimed at supporting the Union’s external action, including its development objectives, through cooperation between the Union and partner countries.
European added value
Erasmus+ shall support only those actions and activities which present a potential European added value (transnational character, complementarity and synergy with other programmes and policies, contribution to the effective use of Union transparency and recognition tools) and which contribute to the achievement of the general objective (see below).
General objective of the Programme
The Programme shall contribute to the achievement of:
- the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, including the headline education target;
- the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’), including the corresponding benchmarks;
- the sustainable development of partner countries in the field of higher education;
- the overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018);
- the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the Union work plan for sport; and
- the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.
The financial envelope for the implementation of the Programme as from 1 January 2014 is set at EUR 14 774 524 000 in current prices.
The amount shall be allocated to the actions of the Programme as follows, with a margin of flexibility not exceeding 5 % of each of the allocated amounts:
- 77,5 % to education and training, from which the following minimum allocations shall be assigned:
(i) 43 % to higher education, representing 33,3 % of the total budget;
(ii) 22 % to vocational education and training, representing 17 % of the total budget;
(iii) 15 % to school education, representing 11,6 % of the total budget; (iv) 5 % to adult learning, representing 3,9 % of the total budget;
- 10 % to youth;
- 3,5 % to the Student Loan Guarantee Facility;
- 1,9 % to Jean Monnet;
- 1,8 % to sport;
- 3,4 % as operating grants to national agencies; and
- 1,9 % to cover administrative expenditure.
Access to the Programme
Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and grassroots sport may apply for funding within the Programme.
When implementing the Programme, inter alia as regards the selection of participants and the award of scholarships, the Commission and the Member States shall ensure that particular efforts are made to promote social inclusion and the participation of people with special needs or with fewer opportunities.
The Programme shall be open to the participation of the following countries (the ‘Programme countries’):
- the Member States;
- the acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy;
- those EFTA countries that are party to the EEA Agreement, in accordance with the provisions of that agreement;
- the Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country;
- those countries covered by the European neighbourhood policy which have concluded agreements with the Union providing for the possibility of their participation in the Union’s programmes, subject to the conclusion of a bilateral agreement with the Union on the conditions of their participation in the Programme.
More detailed information on the Programme, including call of proposals are available on the web site of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).