Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : Parliament Green-Lights Erasmus Plus

Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : Parliament Green-Lights Erasmus Plus

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MEPs have given the green light for the Erasmus Plus programme for education, training, youth and sport to start on 1 January 2014. Meeting in plenary session on 19 November, they approved the draft regulation establishing this programme, and in a separate vote on the EU's multiannual financial framework, they also approved a budget of 14.77 billion for Erasmus Plus for the period 2014-2020. Considering recent cuts to other EU programmes, this is a minor miracle.

"If Erasmus Plus did not exist, we would have had to invent it," said the rapporteur, Doris Pack (EPP, Germany). "It creates European added value for regional, national and sometimes local policies on education and youth [...] It allows more than five million young people to study, train and volunteer abroad."

GOALS, INDICATORS AND ACTIONS

The new programme for the period 2014-2020 will be called Erasmus Plus, as a compromise between Parliament (which wanted to call it Yes Europe) and the Commission and Council (which preferred Erasmus for All). It is based on programmes led by the Union so far to promote the exchange and development of teaching and training methods within the socio-educational system: Comenius (schools), Erasmus (higher education), Leonardo da Vinci (teaching and professional training) and Grundtvig (adult education). For the first time, it will also include sport.

Each part of the programme has specific goals, key indicators and actions to be carried out. For example, the sport section of Erasmus Plus is based on popular sports, and has the specific goal of fighting cross-border threats that affect the integrity of sport (such as drugs), to promote and support good governance in sport, as well as promoting volunteer activities. Relevant indicators are the number of members of sporting organisations taking part in the programme, per country, and the percentage of participants using the results of cross-border projects. …

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