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Erasmus+ is the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014 to 2020. It offers a wide range of funding opportunities for education stakeholders in the framework of EU's growth strategy EU2020 and the education and training strategy ET2020.

The European Council endorsed the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy in June 2010. The reform agenda aims to assist Europe overcome from the crisis, coming out stronger through a strategy for inclusive, smart and sustainable growth. Education and training are at the core in reaching the aims of Europe 2020. The regulation Erasmus+ sets out the provisions for a new single programme covering education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ replaces seven previous EU programmes bringing together:

Read more about the history of the Erasmus+ programme.

What's new?

  • A single integrated programme
    • Covering all education, training and youth sectors in a holistic manner and adding sport
    • Bringing 7 existing programmes into a single programme
  • Simplications
    • Fewer calls and large reduction in number of actions
    • More user friendly programme, easier to navigate round
    • Simplified financial management: greater use of unit costs
  • A substantial budget increase
    • 40 per cent increase benefiting all sectors
    • Additional funding from external action instruments to support international dimension of higher education.

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Funding opportunities

Find the current funding opportunities on the webpage of the Executive Agency (EACEA).

Main types of Erasmus+ Key Actions:


EAEA statements and publications

In its last recommendations to the European Commission, EAEA advocated in particular for:

  • the participation of Third Countries in the programme;
  • a better coordination between National Agenciesthe creation of a "European pot" at the EACEA;
  • the possibility to have larger-scale projects in adult education;
  • the introduction of an information campaign to potential applicants in countries with low participation;
  • further technical and non-technical recommendations are given on mobilities (KA1) and on strategic partnerships (KA3).
List of EAEA's statements:

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Official documents

Further reading