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What’s New in Erasmus+ for 2018?

Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

2018 will be an important year for Erasmus+, as the head of Erasmus+ coordination Barbara Nolan highlighted in her keynote speech at the recent Léargas Forum. We are now at the midpoint of the programme and every participating country has completed its mid-term evaluation (read Ireland’s evaluation here).  These have contributed to the overall Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation, and the resulting recommendations have been taken into account. EU leaders recently met to discuss social issues, education and culture and agreed that making Erasmus+ broader and more inclusive is a priority. 2018 is also the European Year for Cultural Heritage, and Erasmus+ applicants are encouraged to consider how their projects can connect to Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

In this context, the overall budget for the programme this year will increase by 5.8% to more than €2.7 billion. This will enable many more people and organisations across Europe to take part in Erasmus+.

The programme will also respond to developments in European policy, including the creation of the new European Solidarity Corps. Some activities that are currently part of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) will transfer to the European Solidarity Corps later in the year. There will also be a new code for Volunteering Projects: KA125. Read more about these changes or contact our Volunteering staff for information.

Other key innovations and changes include:

  • There will be a new Key Action 2 strand, ‘School Exchange Partnerships’, which will make it easier for schools to run strategic partnership projects on a smaller scale. There will be a shorter and simpler application form, and project applications will be assessed only against those of a similar type – making for a more level playing field. See the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for more information.
  • VET learners in vocational institutes or companies can go on longer term mobilities (3-12 months) with the new activity ‘ErasmusPRO’.
  • The new ‘Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange’ (EVE) initiative will support virtual exchanges between EU and non-EU countries, particularly those in the Middle East and North Africa. It will link young people aged 18-30, youth workers, youth organisations, students and academics, using online learning activities and technology-enabled solutions to strengthen people-to-people contacts and intercultural dialogue. We will share more information about EVE as we receive it.
  • As in 2017, the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural agency in Brussels will hold a special call to support transnational cooperation projects in the field of social inclusion, values and fundamental rights.
  • In the field of Sport, the programme will contribute to cooperation with the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the National Football Information Points network, through dedicated projects that tackle priorities such as gender equality, match-fixing and violence in sport.

You can read full details of these policy and structural changes in the Erasmus+ Work Plan. Contact the relevant staff in Léargas to find out more about Inclusion, ErasmusPro,or Erasmus+ in general.