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As we reported last month, (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, February 2019), the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) voted to triple the budget of the next generation of the Erasmus+ programme and to increase its inclusiveness.
On 28 March 2019, MEPs confirmed that the budget allocated to the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 should be tripled to allow more people to participate in the programme, with a special focus on those having a more disadvantaged background. The EP’s proposal to the European Commission and National Erasmus Agencies includes the drafting of a “European inclusion framework and ad-hoc national inclusion strategies” that will ensure adequate financial support for mobility and other types of support such as “language training and e-learning opportunities”. MEPs also re-allocated funds to different priorities, such as vocational education exchanges and mobility opportunities to “pre-school and early education staff, young athletes and sport coaches”.
The rapporteur, Milan Zver (EPP, SI), appealed to the European Commission and the Member States “to support a threefold increase in the budget in the trialogue”. The final text has to be agreed and negotiated with the Council.