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Erasmus 2021-2027: The Union programme for education, training, youth and sport [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Denise Chircop (3rd edition, updated on 5.7.2021).

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The Erasmus 2021-2027 proposal was published on 30 May 2018. Establishing a new programme ensures the continuation of the Erasmus+ funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. While Erasmus+ 2014-2020 offered mobility opportunities to more than 4 million people, the new programming period aims to reach up to 12 million participants. The new generation programme maintains a lifelong learning approach and works towards the adoption of a European Education Area by 2025. Flagship initiatives include the European University Networks and the European Student Card. The new regulation also focuses on inclusion and aims at greater simplification for end-users. It incorporates sports in the main structure of the programme, expands the use of digitalisation, supports new areas of knowledge and introduces DiscoverEU, a new mobility initiative. Stakeholders agree that the previous programme has been highly beneficial but lessons need to be learnt to help the next generation programme run more efficiently and effectively. The Parliament and Council reached agreement on the proposal following the overall agreement on the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, and it was adopted in May 2021.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing ‘Erasmus’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013
Committee responsible: Culture and Education (CULT) COM(2018) 367
Rapporteur: Milan Zver (EPP, Slovenia) 2018/0191 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Petra Kammerevert (S&D, Germany)
Laurence Farreng (Renew, France)
Simona Baldassarre (ID, Italy)
Salima Yenbou (Greens/EFA, France)
Elżbieta Kruk (ECR, Poland)
Niyazi Kizilyürek (The Left, Cyprus)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2021/817
OJ L 189, 28.5.2021, pp. 1–33

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