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Votes from all 29 members of European Parliament’s (EP) CULT committee have confirmed on 11 January the provisional agreement on the upcoming Erasmus+ programme that the EP and Council negotiators reached in December 2020. The 2021-2027 programme is worth EUR 26 billion which will be invested in training, education and more. By boosting inclusion, more people should benefit from the programme and three initiatives – the Centres of Vocational Excellence, DiscoverEU and the European Universities, piloted since 2018 – are expected to receive adequate funding according to the rapporteur Milan Zver.
CULT’s chair, MEP Sabine Verhayen also strongly supports the improved access to learning and mobility though specific provision available to disadvantaged people, regardless if those disadvantages are due to disability, poverty, remote location, migrant background or other reasons.
The European Commission and member states will develop action plans to identify barriers in order to increase participation of people who are disadvantaged. Additionally, top-up grants, including up-front payments to those in need to pay for the initial costs will be provided. Measures guaranteeing inclusion will not be subject to be seen as additional costs in assessing proposals.
The agreement still needs to be confirmed through the adoption of the draft Erasmus+ regulation by the European Council and through a plenary vote in the European Parliament.