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With the release of the resolution, 2 February 2017, on the implementation of Erasmus+ the European Parliament communicates coming priorities for the successful advancement of the Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Pointing out successes as well as ongoing challenges, the European Parliament emphasises a need for budget increases, simplifications in the programme as well as improved focus on strategic partnerships.
Key points in the resolution that ought to drive continued success of Erasmus+ include:
With the new year coming into full swing, the Parliament welcomes increased funding for Erasmus+ 2017 by almost EUR 300 million compared to the forgone year. Underlined is the need to utilize proliferated funds to take on weak parts of the programme, particularly boosting the number of successful quality projects. The budgetary increase of about 12% along further annual increases is expected to yield higher success and satisfaction rates in applicants. With 48 % of national agencies (NAs) reporting that programme actions are under-budgeted, and demand in under-resourced sectors clearly exceeding committed funds, the European parliament calls for the necessity of even bigger budgetary efforts.
European Parliament - resolution on implementation of Erasmus+ (full document)