Brussels, 23 April 2014
Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch
Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, will be launched in Berlin tomorrow (24 April) by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research. Erasmus+ will have a total budget of €14.7 billion over the next seven years – 40% more than under previous programmes. It will provide grants for more than four million people to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad. Nearly 600 000 Germans are expected to receive Erasmus+ grants between now and 2020.
"Investing in education and training is the best choice we can make for Europe's future and its young people. The international experience gained through Erasmus+ boosts skills and employability. The new programme will also support measures to improve the quality of education and training at all levels so that Europe is a match for the best in the world and can deliver more jobs and higher growth. I welcome the fact that the German government as well as chambers of industry and crafts are actively engaged in sharing their successful experience in vocational education in particular with other European countries and backing our European Alliance for Apprenticeships. I would also underline the vital role of the Länder in helping to bring Erasmus+ closer to the public and making 'Europe' a reality on the ground," said Commissioner Vassiliou.
Erasmus+ includes and builds on the success of the previous Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes - but has a broader scope. As well as boosting exchanges involving university students, it also offers more opportunities for vocational trainees to gain experience abroad – an objective which Germany strongly advocated.
Who benefits from Erasmus+ in Europe?
Who benefits from Erasmus+ in Germany?
Between 2007 and 2013, more than 380 000 German students, young people and education, training and youth staff received funding from the EU's former Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes. It is estimated that nearly 600 000 will benefit from Erasmus+ over the next seven years.
In 2014, Germany will receive nearly €165 million from Erasmus+, an 11% increase compared with the funding it received in 2013 from the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes. It is envisaged that the amount Germany receives will increase each year up to 2020. Germans can also benefit further from the Jean Monnet action for European integration studies in higher education and grants for transnational sports projects.
Erasmus+ is being launched at a time when 26 million people across Europe are unemployed, including nearly 6 million young people. At the same time, across Europe, there are over 2 million job vacancies, and a third of employers report difficulties in recruiting staff with the skills they need. Erasmus+ will help to address this skills gap by providing opportunities for people to study, train or gain experience abroad.
Giving students and apprentices the opportunity to study or train abroad also makes it more likely they will want, or be able, to work abroad in future, thus increasing their long-term job prospects.
As well as supporting mobility opportunities for individuals, Erasmus+ will support measures to increase the quality and relevance of Europe's education, training and youth systems through support for training of education staff and youth workers, as well as stronger partnerships between education and employers.
The €14.7 billion budget takes account of future estimates for inflation. Additional funds are expected to be allocated for higher education exchanges and administrative support involving non-EU countries; the decision on the amounts of extra funding available is due to be confirmed later in 2014.
Erasmus+ for the first time includes support for sport. It will allocate around €265 million over seven years to help address cross-border threats such as match fixing and doping. It will also support transnational projects involving organisations in grassroots sport, promoting, for example, good governance, gender equality, social inclusion, dual careers and physical activity for all.
For more information
European Commission: Education and training
Androulla Vassiliou @VassiliouEU