The Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Executive Agency for Education, Culture and Media (EACEA) and the Tempus Foundation, organized an Info session on the sport component of the Erasmus+ program in Belgrade on March 12, 2019, and invited sport associations to apply their projects within the ongoing Erasmus+ call. For this type of projects, around 60 million euros are foreseen in this annual call for all participants of Erasmus+ program.
Agata Dziarnowska from the European Commission’s Department for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture advised Serbian organizations that will submit project proposals to cooperate with different partners, not favoring universities or sports organizations. Since from this year the Republic of Serbia has become a full member of the Erasmus+ program, organizations from Serbia now have the opportunity to be coordinators of projects in the field of sport. The results of the applications will be known in September 2019.
“Projects must meet some of the three requirements in order to be considered. They can fight transnational threats, such as doping or violence in sports, or promote good governance in sport, in the widest possible sense. They can also promote social inclusion, such as gender equality”, Dziarnowska said, adding that over 560 project applications were received last year.
Manager of the Tempus Foundation, Marija Filipović Ožegović, said that sport associations now have the opportunity to participate even more in Erasmus+ projects, since they already have well-developed cooperation, and Serbian athletes have a good reputation in Europe.
“I would like to encourage you to look also at the Erasmus+ education component of the program, and sport is an indispensable element, since we have a holistic approach to the whole process. I hope that we will have a greater partnership with sport organizations in the future”, Filipović Ožegovic concluded.
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Darko Udovičić reminded that Serbia is one of only six program countries of Erasmus+ outside the European Union.
“We thank the European Commission and the Erasmus+ support program. Sport is important, and in this way we can fight doping or violence at sporting events, “Udovičić concluded.
Presentations from the Info Session: