Mobility grants have become a warning issue for many students and higher institutions in some European countries, as they report problems with allocating such financial aid under the new generation of Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme.
According to a report published by the European Universities Association, funding for Key Action 1 during this year (705 million euros) is lower compared to the last years of the previous program (942 million euros in 2020; 922 million euros in 2019), SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.
These numbers are mainly caused by the general approach of Erasmus+, in which annual budgets are increased from year to year. Moreover, in 2022, the mobility budget (971 million euros) represents a slight increase compared to 2020.
Several countries have reported serious problems with Erasmus+.
In addition to smaller budgets compared to previous years, there are reports of late payments, requiring higher education institutions to provide mobility funding. These problems are partly due to the delay in formal accreditation of the program at European level, and partly to how smoothly national agencies have been able to allocate funding for 2021 and reallocate unused 2020 budgets,” reads the statement published by the European University Association.
Last month, the Commission opened calls for proposals for the Erasmus+ program for next year. At the time, the Commission stressed that the program’s budget would be increased by 3.9 billion euros.
In this regard, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth, Maria Gabriel, emphasized that the Erasmus+ program will celebrate its 35th anniversary and, therefore, give more opportunities for people to learn, study 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 the European Year of Youth in 2022, and Erasmus+ will play a central role.”
The European Commission recently presented a framework that seeks to increase the inclusiveness of the Erasmus and European Solidarity Corps programs in the next six years.
The announcement was made public by the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, while stressing that the framework attempts to improve equality in the European Education Area.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that the EU Commission has introduced a new Erasmus+ mobile app that will be available to all people in all EU countries.
The app was introduced as part of the effort to make this software more digitized.