Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme in 2017. What started in 1987 as voluntary cooperation between 11 countries has developed into a unique programme recognised as one of the best achievements of Europe. Under Erasmus+, it is now possible for students, staff and young people from all over the world to come to Europe, just as Europeans can go to other parts of the world.
The Erasmus+ Programme is the subject of a mid-term review, set to be completed in 2017, and an impact study, set to be published following the completion of the programme in 2020. The outcomes will serve as a basis to the negotiations regarding the future EU programme(s) for education, training and youth for the period 2021-2028.
Eurodesk, the European Youth Forum and the Lifelong Learning Platform have launched a joint campaign calling for a 10 times budget increase of the Erasmus+ programme in the context of the Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations for 2021-2028. This campaign is supported by more than 40 European organisations.