The EU Commission has officially opened calls for proposals on the Erasmus+ program for 2022. The program that focuses on offering educational opportunities such as study abroad, traineeships, apprenticeships, and staff exchanges, will have an increased budget of €3.9 billion for next year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, this year’s program intends to make the experience more inclusive, especially after the difficult months spent locked down due to the pandemic restrictions.
In addition, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, noted that Erasmus+ will mark its 35th anniversary, so more opportunities for people to study, learn and get trained abroad will be available.
“We want to give the opportunity to a greater number of people to take part and benefit from what Erasmus+ has to offer. We will also celebrate in 2022 the European Year of Youth, and Erasmus+ will play a central role,” Commissioner Gabriel said.
The main fields introduced on the calls for the new program include the following:
Upcoming projects that aim to provide high-quality and inclusive digital education to young people for the next three years will involve public and private organisations.
More exchanges with third countries, giving the nationals the possibility to participate in fields of vocational education, training and sport.
More inclusive DiscoverEU: DiscoverEU enables 18-year-olds to travel through Europe, with two application rounds taking place annually to allocate the free travel passes. As of 2022, specific rounds will be dedicated for organisations to help even more young people by providing targeted support and funding.
Bringing the EU closer to schools by promoting active citizenship and values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination. Jean Monnet Actions, promoting the education on the EU, will be implemented to schools and students of all ages, both in general and vocational education programs.
Simplified financing of cooperation projects: Erasmus+ now allows partners serving educational causes to apply for a lump sum for implementing their projects. This significantly reduces the administrative burden when applying, managing the project, and reporting tasks.
The total budget allocated for Erasmus+ from 2021 to 2027 reaches €26.2 billion, in addition to about €2.2 billion from EU’s external instruments. Erasmus+ mobility and cooperation projects encourage green and digital transitions while promoting active citizenship and greater participation in democratic life. At present, the program is also set to help the education and training system to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.