Erasmus x 10 | Civil Society Campaign for a more inclusive and accessible Erasmus+ Programme
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Erasmusx10

For a more inclusive and accessible Erasmus+ Programme 

To widen its access for a truly lifelong learning programme

To strengthen its social dimension for better inclusion

To empower citizens through education

To boost competitiveness and employment

To develop quality mobility experience and projects

To foster effective management and evaluation

To support peer learning, capacity building and exchange

To increase cross-sector and multilevel cooperation

To put forward education as a driver for the Sustainable Development Goals

To make education and lifelong learning systems truly international

The Campaign

The Erasmus+ Coalition gathers over 40 European-wide networks and civil society organisations representing the major beneficiaries of Erasmus+ programme at all levels. The idea of the “Erasmusx10” campaign emerged when European political leaders started advocating for a significant uplift of the programme’s budget. The President of the European Commission Juncker himself, during the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, called for a 9-time increase. Juncker declarations follow the political will of a consistent increase of the Erasmus+ budget expressed by several heads of State and government of some Member States such as Belgium, France, Italy. Furthermore, during the Rome Summit on the 60th anniversary of the treaty, EU leaders stressed out the importance of EU biggest achievement in changing the lives of 9 million Europeans through Erasmus+. This clear support and acknowledgement of the programme’s benefit to citizens and Europe at large justifies the need for better financial support to make the programme more accessible and increase its quality. The purpose of the campaign is to mainstream such individual and collective mobilisation, and to raise civil society voices from all parts of Europe to advocate for a more accessible and inclusive Programme.

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If the suggested increase seems ambitious at first glance, the Coalition recalls that the current budget allocated for Education, Youth and Sports in the EU remains a tiny percentage of the overall EU budget (1.4%). Only 4 million people, i.e. 0.8% of European citizens, are expected to benefit from the programme in the 2014-2020 period. Such an increase of budget would show an important move towards the establishment of a Social Europe and European identity, thus better meeting EU citizens’ high expectations in terms of tangible benefits generated by EU policies and funding. Education is a key driver to socio-economic progress, to the fulfillment of EU2020 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Without prejudice to Member States’ sovereignty on their education systems, such cooperation in the last 30 years has contributed to further exchange of good practices and peer learning opportunities for all stakeholders.

The Coalition considers the 30th anniversary of the programme, and the revision of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, to be the ideal moment to discuss the future of the “flagship programme” of the European Union. The discussion about the successor of Erasmus+ is the best opportunity to show political commitment to improve the outreach of the programme in the post-2020 financial framework and meet higher expectations in terms of impact and outcomes. Thus the campaign aims at supporting the design of the Erasmus+ successor programme that should cover learning in all contexts – whether formal, non-formal or informal – and at all levels (from local to European).

During the first phase of the campaign, the Coalition will collect additional statements from key stakeholders and institutions, organisations and individuals in the EU, and will bring them up in the light of a wider range of partners through social media and event communications. In the meanwhile, the Coalition will build evidence on the positive changes that more funding would have on the quality, access, and inclusiveness of the activities for the beneficiaries of the programme. The campaign will be launched in September 2017.

Milestones

State of the Union Speech

13-Sep-17

European Parliament Plenary - Future of Erasmus+ CULT resolution

13-Sep-17

LLLWeek - Future of Erasmus+ debate

21-Nov-17

Erasmus+ 30 Anniversary Closing conference

Dec-17

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