Erasmus Plus (Erasmus+ ) is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (2014-2020).
The programme - approved by the EU Regulation No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and Council - combines and integrates all the funding mechanisms that until 2013 were implemented separately:
- Lifelong Learning Programmes - Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig
- Youth in action
- 5 International Cooperation Programmes - Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alpha, Edulink and the bilateral cooperation programme with developed countries
Since 2014, Erasmus+ has included the Jean Monnet programme which for the first time supports sporting activities.
This integrated programme promotes partnerships between different fields, it creates new collaborations and encourages the participation of new actors in the job market. Erasmus+ acts in a socio-economic context, where 6 million young Europeans are unemployed, and 2 million job positions are vacant due to the lack of qualified professionals. The programme is therefore designed to solve these problems by granting study opportunities, training, work experiences or volunteering abroad.
Scholarships supplied so far
Figures are constantly updated
UK- United Kingdom
ES - Spain
BE - Belgium
IE - Ireland
M - Malta
F - France
The quality and relevance of the organizations, and of the European education systems, training and assistance for young people will be increased by supporting the improvements in teaching and learning, and the new programmes. Moreover, the professional development of teaching staff and of youth entertainers will be supported by means of a better partnership between education, training and work experience services, in order to face real needs in terms of human and social development, in Europe and elsewhere.
14.7 euro billion is the Erasmus+ budget for the period 2014/2020. This sum will be used to
- finance and promote opportunities for students, trainees, teachers and other teaching staff, exchanges of young people, youth workers and volunteers;
- create or improve partnerships among institutions, organizations in education, training and youth services and the world job market;
- support the communication and find a series of solid information, necessary to achieve the reform of education systems, training and young people support.
The programme includes the funding of innovative partnerships, the so-called "knowledge alliances" and "sectorial skills alliances", which will constitute the partnerships between education and job market fields. These agreements will allow higher education institutions, trainers and enterprises to foster innovation and entrepreneurial attitude, as well as develop new programmes and qualifications to fill the gaps in skills and competences.
In the sport field, the programme focuses on transnational projects aimed at supporting recreational sport and activities, and at tackling the international challenges, facing issues as legality, doping, violence, racism, gender equality, social inclusion and promotion of physical activity for everybody.