Erasmus+ is a European Union programme providing support to cooperation projects in the fields of education and training, youth and sport.
Since 2019. the Republic of Serbia has the status of a Programme country within the Erasmus+ programme, which enables full participation for organisations/institutions and individuals in all actions and types of projects, including youth component of the Programme.
Except Serbia, Programme countries within the Erasmus+ programme are all EU member states, including North Macedonia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
Sections of the Programme are open for participants from the Partner countries, such as countries neighbouring the EU, as well as Partner countries from other parts of the World.
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.
In order to achieve its objectives, the Erasmus+ Programme implements the following Actions:
- Key Action 1 (КА1) – Learning Mobility of Individuals
- Key Action 2 (КА2) – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
- Key Action 3 (КА3) – Support for Policy Reform.
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.
In the field of youth, an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy has been designed as a common framework to support the participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in Erasmus+. The Strategy is available on the website of the European Commission (link).
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, North Macedonia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and Serbia since 2019.
Partner Countries can be those neighbouring the EU, as well as all other countries in the world.
Preparatory measures for full participation of the Republic of Serbia in Erasmus+ Programme have begun in 2016. and within the preparatory period, two National calls for Erasmus+ project proposals were implemented (2017. Call and 2018. Call). Project proposals were submitted to the Foundation Tempus, for the first time. Within the National call for Erasmus+ project proposals in 2017. actors from Serbia had the opportunity of limited participation in the KA1 Mobility of Young people, and within the National call for Erasmus+ project proposals in 2018. they had the opportunity of limited participation in KA1 Mobility of Young people and Youth workers, as well as KA2 Strategic partnerships in the field of Youth.