Based on their experience with the implementation of the current Erasmus+ programme, the directors of the National Agencies (NAs) with activities in the areas of education and training in Erasmus+ share several joint reflections on the Commissions’ proposal for the future Erasmus programme (2021-2027).
They describe the proposal as a “solid basis” and welcome the programme’s continuation and stability in terms of governance and architecture. They also welcome several new elements, such as -among others - the possibility of short-terms learning mobility, small scale partnerships, blended mobility and virtual cooperation.
The paper, however, reminds that simplification and proportionality of rules and procedures are a prerequisite to reach the programme’s objective to be more inclusive. Making the programme more inclusive will require intensified efforts, higher grants and the development of a tailor-made approach to reach new groups. Against the background of tripling the number of participants with only doubling the budget, this will be a challenge.
National Agencies call for more transparency about the planned budget allocation for centralised actions and suggest including this allocation in the regulation. They urge for a predictable programme budget, which develops gradually over the programme period:
Especially when expectations run high at the start of the programme, a lack of budget increase in the first year(s) would be very discouraging for those interested to become or stay involved in the programme.
Reflections by the Directors of the National Agencies for Education and Training
The full statement can be accessed here:
This position will be presented and discussed with staff of the European Parliament and Permanent Representations at the DAAD Brown Bag Briefing Erasmus on 18.09.18.