DAAD Brown Bag Briefing on 21 March 2017 at the DAAD Branch Office Brussels

At the end of 2017 the European Commission will present the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) to the European Parliament and Council. At the same time, preparations for the development of the post-2020 EU education programme are getting underway. Substantial parts of the Erasmus+ programme activities are decentralised; they are implemented by National Agencies in the Erasmus+ programme countries. National Agencies are the link between the European Commission and the applicants and beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ programme.

Based on the previous experience, the National Agencies working in education and training, have developed a set of recommendations for the future programme generation. These were discussed with a group of staff from the European Parliament and the Permanent Representations of the EU member states in Brussels.

The National Agencies highlighted the following key points regarding the Erasmus+ programme:

What works:

  • The single brand name Erasmus+ brings better visibility and should be maintained.
  • Decentralised implementation of programme activities allows the programme to be close to citizens and to provide easily accessible information to potential participants.
  • The international dimension, newly introduced in the Erasmus+ programme in 2014, has been well received by institutions and should be maintained / enhanced in the future.

Improvements to the current programme:

  • The student loan system (Master loans) has not reached its intended scope; funding should be re-allocated to areas of the programme with high demand.
  • IT tools require improvement with refard to user experience.
  • Visibility of EU funding need to be improved at beneficiary level (suggestions included, for example, awarding an Erasmus certificate)

Desiderata for a future Erasmus+:

  • Demand is currently much higher than available funding. A total budget increase of more than 40% for the 2021-2027 programm period is required to maintain funding at the level of 2020. Additional funds are needed to meet the high demand for the programme.
  • Stability and consistency are necessary in the fundamental structure and rules of the programme.
  • Decisions on a new programme need to be taken early on to allow time to prepare their implementation. Alternatively, new features of a new programme should be phased in gradually with a transition period.
  • Thematic flexibility should allow the programme to respond to upcoming needs in the future.
  • Besides supporting the inclusion of young people in the labour market, the programme should also promote European values, such as civic education, critical thinking and social participation.
  • Real-time mobility should be supported by virtual mobility.
  • The inclusion of disadvantaged groups should be improved.

Please consult for details the full text of the National Agencies’ recommendations:

Download: Erasmus+ expectations for the future: a contribution from the NA Directors Education & Training (pdf, 394.59 KB)

About the event

This DAAD Brown Bag Briefing was addressed to staff of the Permanent Representations of EU Member States and of the European Parliament who deal with education and/or the Erasmus+ programme. The event offers a platform for information and exchange. The name “Brown Bag” refers to a lunch being provided and the event taking place at regular lunch hours.