MEPs approve improved Erasmus scheme to help disadvantaged groups

MEPs are looking to reallocate the Erasmus budget to allow younger people and those from different professions, the chance to participate in their programme.

The move is part of the Culture and Education Committee’s proposals approved on Wednesday, to expand the Erasmus programme with the intention of knocking down the economic, social and cultural barriers to people taking part.

It is understood that MEP’s intend to ask both the Erasmus national agencies and European Commission to work on a draft framework and strategies to improve inclusion. This could involve ‘adapting funding to the needs of participants and, particularly, financial support for mobility, adjusting monthly grants and a regular review of living and subsistence costs.’

MEPs propose more synergies with other European funding programmes, so that co-funding could be used either to complement grants, transport, living costs for disadvantaged learners being adjusted as needed or to finance new projects.

In addition to this, the intention is also to extend the process to disadvantaged groups with few opportunities. This would be accompanied by language training, administrative support and e-learning opportunities.

MEPs believe that there are greater opportunities for co-funding to add to existing grants, transport and living costs.

‘The new Erasmus must be truly open to everyone and encourage everyone in society to participate. We want non-discriminatory and barrier-free access. Pre-school and early-learning teachers should be able to benefit from mobility activities. Students and vocational learners must receive additional financial and structural assistance to gain quality learning experience and acquire skills necessary for their personal development and future job prospects’. Chair of the Committee,  Petra KAMMEREVERT, said.