Why the Erasmus + funding programme matters to civil society across Europe

The Erasmus+ programme is one of the EU’s most successful funding programmes and has contributed to promoting Europe’s values, demonstrating the success of EU integration. Building on the success of the first student exchange programme that was launched 30 years ago, currently it provides opportunities that go beyond mobility and provide a springboard for the transformation of education, training, youth and sports policies. Many of its programmes directly provide opportunities for tackling socio-economic challenges, enhance intercultural dialogue and the inclusion of disadvantaged groups through education and training, foster the implementation of policies, and above all seek to make the EU a community of people who cherish democracy, solidarity and cooperation.

Civil Society Organisations like SOLIDAR Foundation work to empower people through lifelong learning, actively promote social cohesion, active inclusion and participation in society, and ensure the European dimension of the programme as well as an understanding of education and training policies at local level. The Lifelong Learning (LLL) Platform, of which the SOLIDAR Foundation is a member, is among the many civil society organisations that shares an understanding of this important programme. In light of the upcoming mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+, and to make sure that stakeholders and decision-makers comprehend the need to pursue our common efforts to improve this programme they have launched an online campaign. The campaign is based on their Erasmus+ Implementation Survey 2016 Results and offers a clear evaluation of what actually works and what doesn’t, covering aspects such as the application procedure, relations with the national and European agencies, the financial rules and the reporting processes. The infographic shows the main conclusions of the survey and summarises the most common trends among the different civil society organisations involved.



© Picture by LLL Platform, 2016