Erasmus+: almost 800 000 people benefited from EUs flagship programme in 2017
2017 was yet another record year. With a budget of almost EUR 2.6 billion, representing a 13% increase compared to 2016, Erasmus+ provided almost 800 000 people with an opportunity to benefit from learning, working or volunteering abroad, 10% more than the year before.
While maintaining a high level of continuity, Erasmus+ demonstrated again its flexibility in addressing specific policy priorities. All Erasmus+ actions put emphasis on activities that support social inclusion and equity in education, training, youth and sport, as well as the objectives of the 2015 Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.
2017 gave education, training and youth a new impetus, following up on the European Leaders’ call to create a European Education Area by 2025. Its main building blocks – learning abroad, recognition of diplomas, and strengthened language learning – reflect the Commission’s ambition to enable all young people to receive the best education and training, and to find jobs across the continent. Erasmus+ and its successor under the future long-term EU budget after 2020 will play an important role in making the European Education Area a reality.
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The report covers funding granted as part of the Erasmus+ 2017 call and contains the most up-to-date data available on the programme.