EU Commission Opens Erasmus+ 2023 Call for Proposals, €4.2 Billion Allocated to Support Mobility & Cooperation in Education

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The European Commission has launched the call for submitting proposals for next year under the Erasmus+ program, allocating a budget of €4.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth, and sport.

In 2023, Erasmus+ will continue to support the mobility of pupils, higher education and training students, adult learners, youngsters attending non-formal learning programs, teachers, and other staff during European educational and training experiences, according to a press release issued by the EU Commission on November 23. Next year, the program will also undertake a new action for the first time in its history: supporting sports coaches and staff participating in mobility programs, Erudera.com reports.

Among other things, the release states that the program will face the challenges of 2023, mentioning the support that will be provided to students and staff who had to flee the war in Ukraine, continuing at the same time to make efforts towards a more inclusive program and build on the legacy of the European Year of Youth.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said that the Erasmus program has inspired inclusion and welcomed participants with less access to opportunities, pointing out that the program will continue to do so in the future.

“With the new call, I am especially proud that we will open up regular and new activities for learners, educational staff, institutions and organisations impacted by the war in Ukraine,” Gabriel said.

EU Commission points out that Erasmus will ensure that the voice of youth is heard in the European Union and beyond, and it will try to do this in particular through youth activities organized and financed by the program. The release adds that youth will continue to be supported in their participation in the existing initiatives.

“At the same time, project and activities under the Erasmus+ 2023 call will continue feeding into the EU’s commitment to upskilling and reskilling, thereby providing a valuable contribution to the proposal to make 2023 the European Year of Skills,” EU Commission’s statement reads.

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said he hopes mobility across and beyond the EU will return to pre-pandemic levels and also emphasized that the support for mobility of coaches and staff in the field of sports for the first time, means one step closer to a more active Europe.

Erasmus+ is an education, training, youth, and sports program founded by the European Commission 35 years ago. To date, nearly 13 million people have benefited from the opportunities provided by the project. Between 2021 and 2027, Erasmus has a budget of €26.2 billion.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Ian Murray, said in a recent interview with The Herald that the UK may join Erasmus again if the Labour Party wins the election. He said that his Party would consider taking back the UK and Scotland to Erasmus if it is in the national interest.

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