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The new Erasmus+ programme is here: over €28 billion to support learning for everyone!

Yesterday the European Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027, which will fund learning mobility (70% of the allocated budget) and cross-border cooperation projects for 10M European citizens with a budget of €26.2 billion (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU’s external instrument.

Furthermore, yesterday's date (25 March 2021) does also correspond to the 64th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, marks also a restarting point for the most emblematic EU programme, and garagErasmus Foundation is ready to have a leading role in it, working towards a greener, more digital and more inclusive Europe

The new programme will be even more inclusive by supporting the green and digital transitions, as set out in the European Education Area, also contributing to the resilience of education and training systems. Erasmus+ will offer new opportunities and hopes for all European citizens to recover from a pandemic that has especially hit their educational and professional development, particularly among the Erasmus Generation.

As stated by the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, “the fact that the Erasmus+ budget for the next seven years has almost doubled shows the importance given to education, lifelong learning and youth in Europe. Erasmus+ remains a unique programme in terms of its size, scope and global recognition, covering 33 countries, and accessible to the rest of the world through its international activities”.

What will be the new features of the Erasmus+ programme?

1. Inclusive Erasmus+

Erasmus+ will provide enhanced opportunities to citizens with fewer opportunities, including those ones with diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, and also people living in rural and remote areas.

Novelties include...

  • Small-scale partnerships and use of simplified grants: it will be easier for smaller organisations, such as schools, youth associations and sports clubs to apply.
  • Individual and class exchanges for school pupils and mobility for adult learners.
  • Erasmus+ will also be more international to cooperate with third countries, building on the successes of the previous programme with exchanges and cooperation projects around the world, now also expanding to sport and the vocational education and training sector.
2. Digital Erasmus+

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to accelerate the digital transition of education and training systems.

Novelties include...

  • The European Student Card will simplify & digitalise the implementation of the programme.
  • Erasmus+ will support the development of digital skills, in line with the Digital Education Action Plan, providing high-quality digital training and exchanges via platforms such as eTwinning, School Education Gateway and the European Youth Portal, and it will encourage traineeships in the digital sector.
  • New formats, such as blended intensive programmes, will allow short-term physical mobility abroad to be complemented with online learning and teamwork.

3. Green Erasmus+

The new programme will offer financial incentives to participants using sustainable modes of transport in line with the European Green Deal. Furthermore, it will invest in projects promoting awareness of environmental issues and facilitate exchanges related to mitigating the climate crisis.

4. Erasmus+ for Young People

Erasmus+ will also support exchange and cooperation opportunities through new youth participation activities to help young people engage and learn to participate in democratic life, raising awareness about shared European values and fundamental rights; and bringing young people and decision-makers together at local, national and European level. DiscoverEU now becomes an integral part of Erasmus+ and gives 18 year-olds the possibility to get a rail pass to travel across Europe, learn from other cultures and meet fellow Europeans.

Erasmus+ proposals are out: check them out!

The adoption of the annual work programme paves the way for the first calls for proposals under the new Erasmus+, also published yesterday. Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can apply for funding, with the help of Erasmus+ national agencies based in all EU Member States and third countries associated with the programme. If you are willing to take part feel free to reach our project manager Valentina Presa (

Known as Erasmus+ since 2014, when it enlarged its scope of activities, this emblematic programme is ranked by Europeans as the EU's third most positive result, just after free movement and peace. Over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in the programme in 33 countries (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey).

Read the new programme's guide
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