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Parliamentary questions
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9 August 2018
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002578/2018

The proposal for the 2021-2027 Erasmus programme builds on the experience gained during the implementation of the 2018 Preparatory Action ‘DiscoverEU’(1), which is expected to allow at least 20 000 young people turning 18 to receive a travel pass in 2018(2). From 2021 to 2027, the Erasmus programme is expected to fund DiscoverEU activities reaching 1.5 million young people. In addition to the cost of travel vouchers, these actions will include specific provisions to make it easier for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate, to involve local communities and stakeholders as well as to support actions to enhance the learning component of the travel experience.

The Commission proposal for climate mainstreaming across all EU programmes, foresees a target contribution of 25% of EU expenditure to climate objectives. It reflects the design of the main spending programmes under the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and their resulting expected climate contribution, taking into account new priorities in the EU budget which are less climate-relevant (e.g. external borders’ protection, security and defence).

The Commission proposes a substantial increase of Horizon Europe (EUR 97.6 billion) for 2021-2027. Other programmes like the Space Programme(3) and the new Digital Europe Programme(4) will also contribute to boost the EU's research and technological innovation capacity. The refocusing of Cohesion policy on 5 thematic priorities, including ‘Smarter Europe’, will provide support to innovation, digitisation, economic transformation and to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.

(1)https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu_en The preparatory action was adopted in the 2018 budget at the initiative of the European Parliament, with a budget of EUR 12 million.
(2)The implementation of the Preparatory Action is arranged in two application rounds. In the first round more than 100 000 young people applied, from all Member States, and 15 000 were selected. A second application round will take place in autumn 2018.
(3)EUR 16 billion.
(4)EUR 9 billion.

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