This week the European Commission uncovered the financial plans for Europe for the period 2021-2027. This was and will be high on the agenda within the EU bubble for the upcoming months.
In November 2017, European Commission recommended to the Leader to boost the Erasmus+ programme with the aim to double the number of participants who can benefit from it. SOLIDAR Foundation advocates the empowerment of vulnerable groups and of organised civil society within the framework of the programme.
As members of the Erasmus x10 campaign we calculate that for a truly inclusive Erasmus+ we need to increase the financing tenfold. The goal is certainly ambitious but it goes in line with what our members as well as key political figures call for = Erasmus for all!
Yesterday the Commission proposed to double the funding for the programme (with the main part of the budget being administrated by National Agencies) which is a recognition of the success of the programme but it certainly falls short of the goals. Additionally it is not clear if the increased financing will negatively influence other programmes, that are targeting the same vulnerable groups , such as the European Social Fund. However, the battle is not over and it will be mainly the member states that will have the last say. Erasmus+ matters to all Europeans and empowers individuals as well as civil society organisations around Europe. To discover more and to join the campaign read the 10 short examples of how people and organisations have benefited from Erasmus+ over the years and what were the obstacles that with better financing could be removed.
We’re excited to share these stories with you and show how much 10x more funding would make a real difference to both individuals and communities.
For more information, arguments in multiple languages and for understanding why all this matters: check the campaign website