106 Erasmus+ projects receive €10.5m in EU funds

Jason Borg (DOI)

Over €10.5 million in EU funds have been distributed to 106 beneficiaries to start off new projects under the Erasmus+ programme, which seeks to support activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

More funds are set to be granted under the programme by the end of the year.

The funding was announced by Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, who highlighted that the approved projects included ones tackling early school leaving, the provision of early childhood education and care, the use of digital technology for adult education and the holistic access to nature to the deaf community, among others.

Several calls are currently open under Erasmus+ in the field of youth and under the European Solidarity Corps Programme, with a deadline set for 1 October. Additionally, two new calls have been announced earlier this month in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with their deadline set at 29 October.

The main issue, according to the national coordinator of the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps Programme Joseph Schembri, is continuing to reach out to potential beneficiaries and increasing the number of approved projects. But he added that this objective was being reached, as testified by an ongoing increase in the number of submitted applications and granted projects. 714 projects have been approved since 2017, with funding reaching a grand total of €54.7 million.

Zrinzo Azzopardi and Schembri both highlighted that the new Erasmus+ programme – covering the EU’s next financial framework from 2021 and 2027, will see a substantial increase in funds. Potential applicants are thus encouraged to continue developing their project ideas and to contact EUPA for assistance on eupa@gov.mt or 22586132.