Erasmus+ Programme

»Changing lives,
            opening minds«

Erasmus+ (2014 – 2020) is the European Union Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. It builds on a framework set in the Europe 2020 strategy, addressing the contemporary socio-economic challenges in Europe by strengthening the education and youth systems and promoting life-long learning. Providing the citizens with adequate skills required by the competitive job markets aims at reversing the economic stagnation in the European Union and boosting growth, as well as fostering equity, social inclusion, intercultural understanding and the overall social cohesion in Europe.

The Erasmus+ Programme complements the 25 year tradition of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth, integrating the individual programmes implemented by the European Commission in the period 2007 – 2013 (The Lifelong Learning Programme, the Youth in Action Programme, the Erasmus Mundus Programme, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, Programmes of cooperation with industrialised countries in the field of higher education). The Erasmus+ Programme introduces also new elements, such as support for grass roots sports, and new methods of cooperation. The full overview on the possibilities within the Erasmus+ Programme is available on the relevant website of the European Commission and in the Programme Guide.

The general objectives for the Erasmus+ Programme:
  • the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target*;
  • the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks;
  • the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018);
  • the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport; 
  • the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union**

The general objectives of the Programme are complemented by specific objectives for each of its chapters.

*The headline education target is to reduce early school leaving to less than 10% and increase attainment in tertiary education to at least 40% by 2020.
**The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.

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