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Brexit updates

Mon, Apr 8th, 2019

The effect of Brexit on Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps is still emerging. We will post any updates on this situation as soon as we get them. The Irish Government’s Getting Ireland Brexit-Ready website is updated regularly.

April 2019:

The UK Government updated its Brexit guidelines on 08 April, recommending that:  “…applications are submitted as normal for the upcoming deadlines for funding in respect of the 2019 Call for Proposals, for both Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.” 

You can read the entire text of the update on the UK National Agency Brexit Update page.

The European Commission web page about Brexit and Erasmus+ includes the most frequent questions, factsheets and other useful links.

March 2019:

The Irish Government published this update in late March: Brexit and Erasmus+;  the EU preparations referred to are detailed in these European Commission resources:

February 2019: Léargas reminds all potential applicants for upcoming Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps deadlines that Irish organisations will be able to participate fully in any partnerships and projects funded under these programmes in the coming years. The Republic of Ireland–as an EU member state–continues its full involvement as a Programme Country in Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.

On 06 February, the UK Government issued an updated Technical Notice providing guidance to organisations and individuals on the UK’s anticipated participation in the current Erasmus+ (2014-2020) and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) (2018 -2020) programmes, after the UK leaves the EU. You can find out more on the UK National Agency Brexit Update page.

January 2019: On 30 January, the European Commission issued a press release on a “Final set of “no-deal” contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget”

“Today’s measures would ensure that in the event of a “no-deal” scenario:

  • Young people from the EU and the UK who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme on 30 March 2019 can complete their stay without interruption;
  • EU Member State authorities will continue to take into account periods of insurance, (self) employment or residence in the United Kingdom before withdrawal, when calculating social security benefits, such as pensions;
  • UK beneficiaries of EU funding would continue to receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the EU budget. This issue is separate from the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

It is important to note that these measures will not – and cannot – mitigate the overall impact of a “no-deal” scenario, nor do they in any way compensate for the lack of preparedness or replicate the full benefits of EU membership or the favourable terms of any transition period, as provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Today’s proposals are temporary in nature, limited in scope and will be adopted unilaterally by the EU. They take into account discussions with Member States. The Commission will continue to support Member States in their preparedness work and has intensified its efforts, for example by organising visits to all EU27 capitals”

For more information, see the full European Commission Press Release.

On 29 January, the UK Government said the following:

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the government guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps bids. Successful bids are those that are approved directly by the European Commission or by the National Agency and ratified by the European Commission. This includes projects and participants that are only informed of their success, or who sign a grant agreement, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The guarantee commits to underwrite funding for the entire lifetime of the projects.”

For more information see the UK National Agency Brexit Update page.

On 16 January, the UK Government said this:

“The UK Government’s policy is still to secure a deal with the EU. However, we will now accelerate existing preparations for no deal and will shortly issue guidance on the potential implications for the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes in this scenario.

We continue to recommend that projects that are currently contracted continue being delivered, and applications are submitted to the UK National Agency for the 2019 Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Call for Proposals as normal in the immediate term.”

The UK National Agency, Ecorys, updates its Brexit page  whenever it receives information from its government.

September 2018: The Government of Ireland work on preparing for Brexit is ongoing. The ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign provides information for all citizens in Ireland on how best to prepare for changes that may come about as a result of Brexit. The Ireland and Brexit website provides a comprehensive guide to preparations and negotiations, while social media accounts (@BrexitReadyIRL on Twitter and Facebook and #BrexitReady) provide up-to-date news and links.

August 2018: The UK Government has stated: “If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, funding is available from the government to underwrite all successful bids for UK applicants submitted to the Erasmus+ programme while we are still in the EU, where planned projects can continue.” For more details, see the full statement here.

January 2018: The UK Government has stated “…that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ Programme up until we leave the European Union. We will underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+ that are submitted while the UK is still a member state, even if they are not approved until after we leave, and/or payments continue beyond the point of exit.

For more information, visit the Brexit update page from Ecorys, the UK National Agency.

December 2017: Please note that the 2018 Call has a note on eligibility of British applicants. If you need more information, you can find the note on p.2 of the Official Call.

June 2016: We’ve had a number of questions recently about what the UK’s decision to leave the EU will mean for Erasmus+ projects with UK partners. At present our advice is that all projects and applications involving UK partners can continue as normal. This is based on information from the European Commission earlier this week:

“According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member. This therefore also applies to the projects financed through the Erasmus+ programme.”

Read the statement here.