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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Radka Maxová
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Discrepancies in staff costs for the production of intellectual outputs from the Erasmus+ programme

As a member of the Committee on Culture and Education, I am raising this question regarding discrepancies in staff costs for the production of intellectual outputs from the Erasmus+ programme, as detailed in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, version 1 (2019), dated 24 October 2018. There are substantial differences in the daily amounts depending on the country of residence of programme participants. While the cost of living can vary between countries, I still have my doubts about whether the classification of participating countries into four groups is entirely fair, especially if we compare the huge difference in the daily amount between the countries from the first and the fourth line of the table. Most intellectual outputs are generated in capitals or other cities with a high concentration of businesses, where the cost of living is quite similar regardless of the country where they are located. Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel stated that she would support stopping the brain drain from European countries, so these rules will achieve the exact opposite.  .

In the light of the foregoing:

Does the Commission genuinely consider these amounts fair?

What measures does the Commission intend to take to reduce these differences between countries?


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