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EU Commission to Make Erasmus+ & EU Solidarity Crops More Inclusive & Diverse

The European Commission has presented a framework that aims to increase the comprehensiveness of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Crops programs for the next six years.

The news was shared by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who also noted that the framework aims to improve equality and inclusion in the European Education Area, reports.

Furthermore, the Erasmus program and its successor, Erasmus+, have made it possible for ten million people to pursue their studies, volunteer, train or gain professional experience outside their home country. The new program of Erasmus+ was launched in March of this year, and the program with a budget of 28 billion euros is valid until 2027.

Furthermore, Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps benchmarks include:

Specific financial support will help those who need help covering needs and expenses. Furthermore, the committee urges national agencies to use other additional funds to support people who wish to participate in such programmes. Dedicated support for participants throughout all project steps, including language support, visits and mentorship regardless of the project stage, aimed at participants having the full program experience. Supporting organizations that could include additional funds to help build capacity and train staff regarding inclusion and diversity. More flexible learning opportunities such as virtual or physical learning, in a group or individually, to be suitable for all participants. The selection process is prioritized, which means that priority is given to projects with participants who have fewer opportunities and those who address themes of inclusion and diversity. Clearer communication, which can be made possible through the transparency of user-friendly, accessible and multilingual documents and materials

Vice President for Enhancing Our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said the program aims to provide opportunities for all Europeans on an equal footing and noted that inclusion and diversity are vital points in this vision.

“Gil Erasmus has become the best ambassadors for Europe, they can share what they have experienced, and it starts with fair and equal access to all programmes,” Schinas said.

Moreover, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel, also commented on the matter and highlighted that EU programs should benefit everyone, which is possible through a more comprehensive and diversified programme.

She also indicated that more funding will be allocated to those who need help and raise awareness of the program so that people show more interest and encourage them not to hesitate to apply.

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