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:
Reflections by the Directors of the National Agencies for Education and Training
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.
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.