Secure long-term Erasmus+ funding
- increase overall budget for Erasmus+ programme post 2020
- channel additional resources from other EU Funds
- stronger focus on lifelong learning, apprentices´ mobility and informal education
A substantial increase in funding for the next Erasmus+ budget would unlock its full potential; regional or social funds can be used to increase grants.
In a resolution, adopted on Thursday, Parliament makes clear that the Erasmus+ programme must be expanded significantly after 2020 to reach more and more diverse groups of people. To that end, its budget must be increased and funds must be used more strategically.
During the debate, MEPs underlined the risk that a large number of high-quality projects could be rejected due to a lack of resources under the Erasmus programme. They objected to any attempts to use money from Erasmus+ for other new initiatives, such as the European Solidarity Corps.
The resolution also recommends that:
- Member States should make more efforts to ensure easy recognition of European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits gained during the Erasmus mobility
- the Erasmus+ programme should focus more on lifelong learning, including in formal and informal education
- Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training (VET) must be modernised, accessible and fit for the digital age; the mobility for VET learners and apprenticeship must be better.
Parliament would support a post-Brexit agreement allowing continued mobility for students and teachers between the EU and the UK.