The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes bringing together
- the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Jean Monnet and Grundtvig)
- the Youth in Action programme
- five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries)
- the new sport action.
Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth. The new sport action will support grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
The actions of the Erasmus + programme are divided into decentralised actions and centralised actions. The decentralised actions are managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by their national authorities. The centralised actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.
The ERASMUS+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.
ERASMUS+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
ERASMUS+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
The International dimention of Erasmus+ opens cooperation between Programme Countries and Partner Countries.
34 Programme Countries: 28 EU Memeber States; Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia.
Over 150 Partner Countries*: Eastern Partnership countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, territory of Ukraine - as recognized by International Law; Southern Mediterranean countries - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia; Western Balkans - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro; territory of Russian Federation as recognised by the International Law; Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan; Latin America; South Africa; ACP Countries; Industrialized Countries.
See all countries in Erasmus+ Programme Guide: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/programme-guide