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:
- 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:
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.