The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament welcomes the adoption of the draft recommendation for the second reading of the Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport. Today, the vote took place in the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).
ECR MEP Elżbieta Kruk, shadow rapporteur for the ECR Group comments:
“After two and a half years of hard work and challenging negotiations, an agreement has been reached on the revised Erasmus+ programme. Although the programme is not as financially ambitious as the CULT committee would desire, it will enjoy an impressive 60% budget increase over the 2014-2020 budget. It will include some important innovations that the ECR group has also been striving towards.”
These necessary improvements include the funding of European universities, DiscoverEU and centres of professional excellence, and a commitment to allocate significantly more (EUR 400 million) to vocational education and training centres than initially anticipated by the Commission.
MEP Elżbieta Kruk concludes:
“The most significant compliment to the programme is a set of specific, targeted measures that have been introduced to make the programme more inclusive. The new Erasmus+ programme will reach more people than before, many of whom would have been inaccessible via the previous programme. It is a big step forward.”
Since its inception in 1987, Erasmus+ has had an ever-increasing number of people participating and has been repeatedly mentioned in Eurobarometer polls as one of the most significant achievements of the European Union. Erasmus+ builds a sense of belonging to Europe by enabling the mobility of learners and workers, facilitating the development of cultural bridges. The programme improves the employment prospects of its participants and fosters cooperation between education and training institutions, youth organizations, sports clubs and federations across the continent and around the world. In this context, further strengthening this specific programme - both financially and otherwise - was a priority for the European Parliament during the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.