Erasmus+ Programme approved by European Parliament
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved today by the European Parliament.
Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion, 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad. Students planning a full Master’s degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund.
Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.
European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, Androulla Vassiliou will take part in a press conference, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, with MEP Doris Pack, Chair of the Culture committee and rapporteur of the Erasmus+.
The conference will be webcast live [ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/other-events/video?event=20131119-1500-SPECIAL-UNKN ]here from at 15:00 to 15.30 CET.
The proposal was adopted today by the European Parliament.
Adoption by the Council (Member States) is expected within the next month.
The Erasmus+ programme will start in January 2014.
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