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Parliamentary questions
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9 August 2013
E-008600/2013(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008600/2013

The popularity of the Erasmus programme has been confirmed over the past years, with the number of mobile students growing rapidly in most of the participating countries and demand continuing to exceed the overall availability of Erasmus grants.

The increase in annual budget dedicated to student and staff mobility in higher education reflects the weight of the action. While in 2011-2012, EUR 474 million were used to support student and staff mobility, in the academic year 2013-2014 it will be EUR 547 million which translates in an increase of 15%.

Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, starting in January 2014, will build on the success of current mobility programmes by offering opportunities for around four million people to study, train, teach or volunteer abroad by 2020.

Promoting the new programme will require a joint effort at European, national and institutional levels. The Commission will continue its fruitful cooperation with national agencies in order to ensure best implementation of the Erasmus student exchange. National agencies and higher education institutions are encouraged to promote the opportunities offered by the new programme and to raise awareness of its benefits. For the same purpose, the Commission continues to participate in many promotional events with key stakeholders across Europe.

OJ C 66 E, 06/03/2014
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