EU to invest over EUR 3 billion in ‘Erasmus+’ Program

EU to invest over EUR 3 billion in ‘Erasmus+’ Program

BRUSSELS, November 5 (FENA) – The European Commission published on Tuesday its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ program as 2020 is the last year of the current EU program for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport. The budget will allow young people in Europe to study or train abroad.

As stated by the Commission, the expected budget of over EUR 3 billion, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2019, will provide even more opportunities for young Europeans to study, train or gain professional experience abroad.

As part of the 2020 call for proposals, the Commission will also launch a second pilot on European Universities. Moreover, the EU aims to create 35,000 opportunities for African students and staff to participate in the program as part of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.

“I am very pleased that in 2020 the EU is set to invest more than EUR 3billon in Erasmus+,” Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said.

“It will allow us to open up more opportunities for young Europeans to study or train abroad, enabling them to learn and develop a European identity. And it will help us to take the European Universities initiative forward, showing our continued investment in the European Education Area,” he continued, adding he is “proud to see higher education institutions form strong new alliances, paving the way for the universities of the future, for the benefit of students, staff and society across Europe.”

Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport may now apply for funding under this call for proposals. In addition, groups of young people who are active in youth work, but not formally established as youth organizations, may apply, stated the European Commission.

Together with the call for proposals, today the Commission also published the Erasmus+ Program Guide in all official EU languages. It provides applicants with details on all opportunities open to them in higher education, vocational education and training, school education and adult education, youth and sport under Erasmus+ in 2020.