725,000 Europeans went abroad with Erasmus+ in 2016
Erasmus+ funding rose by 7.5% to €2.27 billion in 2016 and supported 21,000 projects between 79,000 organisations.
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said:
Erasmus+ has now reached the halfway point of its seven-year journey. I am proud to see how the programme has acted as a driver for unity in Europe, contributing tostrengthening the resilienceof individuals and our society. Erasmus+ mobility develops skills and competences and reinforcesa European identity that complements and enriches national and regional identities.
This is why we encouraged EU leaders meeting in Gothenburg on 17 November to work towards a European Education Area and to make mobility a reality for all by 2025, doubling the number of Erasmus+ participants and reaching out to people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The report covers funding granted as part of the Erasmus+ 2016 call and contains the most up-to-date data available on the programme.
30th anniversary of Erasmus
The report's publication coincides with the closing day of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ celebrations. 2017 has seen hundreds of thousands of people in over 44 countries gather to celebrate what Erasmus means to them.
You can follow the closing events live on 30 November by stream. Erasmus+ alumni will present the Erasmus+ Generation Declaration, setting out their vision for the future of the programme.