On 20th February CULT Committee adopted its report on the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ programme, with 28 votes in favour, 1 against and 0 abstentions.
Pending the final adoption of the report in the Parliament's Plenary on 25 March, it outlines the EP's position ahead of the "trilogue" negotiations with the European Commission and Council of the EU. These are expected to be taken forward by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU taking over in July this year.
Thanks to joint advocacy efforts the report addresses many concerns of Lifelong Learning platform and its members (including SOLIDAR Foundation). Among other elements it promotes a cross-sectoral lifelong learning approach more strongly compared to the EC’s original proposal by including it as a specific objective, puts in place the provision for all project applications by EU-wide networks to be managed at centralised level (rather than nationally in Belgium, etc.), and calls upon the EC to develop an inclusion strategy for the programme to act as a framework to be adapted and implemented by the National Agencies.
More information about SOLIDAR Foundation position and demands based on members experience are can be found here.