Building on the spirit of synergy of EYCH 2018, Erasmus+ provides a life changing experience to young Europeans
Erasmus+ bringing students from diverse backgrounds together. Image: Universität Salzburg Flickr CC BY 2.0
At the opening of a stakeholder event on the new Erasmus+ programme in Brussels on 28th January, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “Erasmus+ has become for our younger generations a gateway to Europe and to the world. It is one of the EU’s most tangible achievements: uniting people across the continent, creating a sense of belonging and solidarity, raising qualifications, and improving the prospects of participants.”
With a 10% increase in budget from 2017 at €2.8 million, 2018 was another record year. The programme funded more than 23,500 projects, supported the mobility of 850,000 students, apprentices, teachers, and youth workers in the same year. Building on synergies with the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) in 2018, many initiatives supported by Erasmus+ addressed the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage.