The European Union Commission has officially opened calls for proposals for the Erasmus+ program for 2022. The programme, which focuses on providing educational opportunities such as study abroad, training, apprenticeships and staff exchange, will receive an increased budget of 3.9 billion euros for the next year, TheSchengen.com reports .
According to the Vice President for the Promotion of Our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, this year’s program intends to make the experience more inclusive, especially after the difficult months I have spent closed due to pandemic restrictions.
In addition, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth, Maria Gabriel, noted that the Erasmus+ program will celebrate its 35th anniversary, so there will be more opportunities for people to study, learn and train abroad.
“We want to give more people the opportunity to participate and benefit from what Erasmus+ has to offer. We will also celebrate 2022 the European Year of Youth, and Erasmus+ will play a central role,” Commissioner Gabriel said.
Key areas brought up on invitations for the new program include:
Upcoming projects aimed at providing high-quality and inclusive digital education to youth over the next three years will involve public and private organizations.
More exchanges with third world countries, allowing citizens to participate in the fields of education, vocational training and sports.
DiscoverEU is more comprehensive: DiscoverEU allows 18-year-olds to travel across Europe, with two application rounds taking place annually to allocate free travel passes. From 2022, specific rounds of organizations will be dedicated to helping more young people by providing targeted support and funding.
Bringing the European Union closer to schools by promoting active citizenship and the values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination. Jean Monnet’s actions, which promote education in the European Union, will be implemented in schools and students of all ages, in both general and vocational education programmes.
Simplified funding for collaboration projects: Erasmus+ now allows partners who serve educational causes to apply for a lump sum to implement their projects. This significantly reduces the administrative burden when implementing, project management and reporting tasks.
The total budget allocated to the Erasmus+ program from 2021 to 2027 amounts to 26.2 billion euros, in addition to about 2.2 billion euros from external instruments of the European Union. Erasmus+’s mobility and collaboration projects encourage green and digital transformations while promoting active citizenship and greater participation in democratic life. Currently, the program is also set up to help the education and training system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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