At the Education Council in February 2018, ministers underlined that Erasmus+ is one of the most successful Union programmes and an added value for Europe. Over the last 30 years more than 9 million young Europeans have had the chance to study, train, teach or volunteer in another country.
Erasmus+ should be made more inclusive and accessible, bringing in secondary school pupils, students in vocational education and training, and young people from vulnerable social groups or remote regions. For this to happen, the programme will require adequate funding.
Erasmus+ should promote mobility and innovation. It should create synergies and be complementary with other Union instruments such the European Social Fund. Administrative procedures should be simplified and harmonised.
A ‘partial’ general approach excludes budget-related issues/figures which are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework. The aim of the proposal is to enable the programme to become more inclusive by increasing its accessibility, e.g. for small scale or grass-roots organisations or young people with fewer opportunities, and by extending its scope to all levels of education and training.
In this proposal, the Commission asks a budget of 30 billion euro for Erasmus+. This proposal goes hand in hand with the aim to reach a European Education Area by 2025.