The annual report informs about the past year 2019: the priorities and most important initiatives of the EU in the field of higher education as well as the activities of the DAAD Brussels Office.

In 2019, the European elections took place. The reconstitution of the European Parliament and the appointment of new EU leaders have dominated the political landscape. Mariya Gabriel from Bulgaria became the new Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth.

Urgent issues such as Brexit, the budget negotiations for the next long-term EU budget and the future of EU programmes, however, still needed to be addressed. The new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has taken a clear position on the Erasmus+ programme and is calling for a tripling of the budget for the next seven years. Erasmus+ 2021-2027 shall also become more inclusive and digital.

Within the European Unviersities initiative, 17 university alliances have already been selected. DAAD Brussels has also highlighted the importance of higher education cooperation, for example through its joint conference with the European Commission, the African Union Commission, Campus France, Nuffic and the British Council.

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