Have you ever wanted to team up in an Erasmus+ Sport project with a partner from outside the EU but been scared you would lose out on funding? Erasmus+ Sport has - so far - only been partly open for international relations. This should change with the next call for proposals, to be published in autumn 2017, with a deadline for submission in 2018.

In 2018, Erasmus+ Sport will strengthen its international scope. This change is one of the results of the work delivered in June 2016 by the High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy, which was created in 2015 at request of Commissioner for Education and Culture Tibor Navracsics. As a follow-up of this report, as well as Council Conclusions on Sport Diplomacy (adopted by all the EU Ministers responsible for sport in November 2016), the new call for proposals encourages participation of organisations from Partner Countries. This will strengthen sports partnerships all across Europe and beyond.

For interested Partner-Country organisations to get involved in Erasmus+ sports, either 3 or 5 partners from the Programme Countries need to invite them to join a collaborative partnership as an additional member. Until recently, projects whose proposal did not demonstrate that the Partner-Country participant brought specific added value to the partnership would be rejected out of hand on eligibility grounds. However, this will no longer be the case in the new call for proposals

However, if the Partner Country's participation does meet requirements, they will be treated just the same as the other partners and will have all the same rights. With this reform, the hope is that participation from countries like Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine will no longer be an exception, and that there will be a much more international flavour to the sport organisations that can benefit from Erasmus+ sport.

Find out more on how to start a sports collaborative partnership here!

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