EP Culture and Education Committee votes on Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes
Today the European Parliament voted on the approval of the results of the negotiations with the Council on two new multiannual framework programmes: the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport, and the Creative Europe Programme in the cultural and creative sector.
The vote in plenary for both programmes is planned for November.
Concerning Erasmus+, the new education programme for 2014-2020 will enable over 5 million young people young people of 13 to 30 years old to go to other countries to study, train and join in voluntary activities including sport. In the field of education, training and youth, Erasmus+ will bring together Comenius, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Leonardo da Vinci (vocational training), Grundtvig and Youth in Action. The existing brand names of the former projects will however be kept, as they are well known to the public. For the first time in a European programme, funding will also be available for cross-border mobility of young people and volunteers in the field of sport, and in particular for activities that help to combat violence, discrimination or doping. Non-profit sporting events that involve several countries could also get EU funding.
In future, Erasmus+ will also fund scholarships for non-university students, and back loan guarantees schemes for master’s degree ones. Through Erasmus+, the EU will guarantee loans of up to €12,000 (for one year) or €18,000 (for two years) to students who wish to pursue Master degree in another country. MEPs stressed that this new system should in no case replace grant or loan systems that already exist or could be established at national level.
According to MEPs, grants should reflect the cost of living in the host country and member states should exempt them from any taxes or social levies. Unified management of the programme would also help to speed up the payment of grants to beneficiaries.
If approved by the EP at the November plenary and then by the Council, Erasmus + would take effect on 1st January 2014.
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