Erasmus+: civil society concerns have been heard
The Erasmus+ funding programme 2014-2020, (formerly “Erasmus for all” as proposed by the Commission and the Council or “YES Europe” by the Parliament) has been officially approved by the Council (COREPER I) on 26 June after a compromise was reached in the inter-institutional “trialogue” negotiations. The programme will include the three streamlined actions initially elaborated by the Commission (learning mobility, cooperation for innovation and good practices and support for policy reform) but also keep the different sub-programmes as reintroduced by the Parliament (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Erasmus Mundus, Youth in Action). Almost half of the programme budget (43%) will be dedicated to higher education. The rest of budget allocation per sectors are the following: 22% to Leonardo da Vinci, 15% to Comenius and 5% to Grundtvig; 10% will go to Youth in Action; 1,8% to Sport; 1,9% to Jean Monnet; 3,4% and 3,5% for the Loan Guarantee Mechanism. Doris Pack (EPP), Parliament Rapporteur for Erasmus+, ensured that support to European education and training NGOs had been included in the legal basis, in response to more than a year and a half of advocacy by the Stakeholders’ Coalition lead by EUCIS-LLL. The final legal basis for Erasmus+ will be adopted during the next CULT Committee and voted in Parliament plenary session in September, then officially signed by the three EU institutions.