Erasmus+ is a European Union programme providing support to cooperation projects in the fields of education and training, youth and sport.
The specific objectives pursued by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth are to:
- improve the level of key competences and skills of young people, including those with fewer opportunities, as well as to promote participation in democratic life in Europe and the labour market, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity, in particular through increased learning mobility opportunities for young people, those active in youth work or youth organisations and youth leaders, and through strengthened links between the youth field and the labour market;
- foster quality improvements in youth work, in particular through enhanced cooperation between organisations in the youth field and/or other stakeholders;
- complement policy reforms at local, regional and national levels, and to support the development of knowledge and evidence-based youth policy as well as the recognition of non-formal and informal learning, in particular through enhanced policy cooperation, better use of the EU’s transparency and recognition tools and the dissemination of good practices;
- enhance the international dimension of youth activities and enhance the capacity of youth workers and organisations in their support for young people in complementarity with the European Union’s external action, in particular through the promotion of mobility and cooperation between stakeholders from Programme and Partner Countries and international organisations.
The Erasmus+ Programme will cover the period 2014-2020.
The total funding allocation for the whole period is 14.7 billion Euros, out of which 10% i.e. 1.47 billion Euros goes to the Youth component of the Programme.
In order to achieve its objectives, the Erasmus+ Programme implements the following Actions:
- Key Action 1 (KA1) – Learning Mobility of Individuals
- Key Action 2 (KA2) – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
- Key Action 3 (KA3) – Support for Policy Reform
Additionally, the Erasmus+ Programme has two separate activities – Jean Monnet (directed towards academic excellence in the field of European studies) and Sport.
Organisations and institutions from Serbia can take part in certain types of projects within each of the Erasmus+ Actions.
The programme is implemented by the European Commission and its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency on the European level. The Foundation Tempus is the body responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme in Serbia, in the fields of education, training and youth.
Please note the following:
The Erasmus+ Programme differentiates between Programme and Partner Countries in regards to possible modalities of participation of their organizations/institutions. Programme Countries are EU countries, Macedonia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Turkey. Partner Countries can be those neighbouring the EU – including Serbia, as well as all other countries in the world.
In 2016, preparatory measures were introduced for Serbia’s full participation in the Erasmus+ Programme. In the upcoming period, Serbia will have the status of a partner country; however, in accordance with the National Call for submission of Erasmus+ projects in 2018, actors from Serbia have the opportunity to participate in certain types of projects in a limited capacity.