April 2019

EP Votes on Future Erasmus Programme
The European Parliament has voted on its report on the new Erasmus programme 2021-27. It calls for the current Erasmus budget to be tripled to allow more people to undertake more activities (the Commission had proposed doubling the current budget). The report also seeks to extend mobility activities to pre-school teachers, adult learners and young people practising sport. This report forms the basis of the EP’s negotiating position with the Council on the final shape of the next Erasmus programme.

March 2019

Mapping Corruption in Sport
The European Commission has published the results of a study which mapped corruption in sport across the EU. The study concludes that the majority of corruption cases in sport involve either doping or match-fixing. Of the preventative measures investigated by the study, strict fines and legal penalities, the use of multi-stakeholder groups and a focus on better governance were all deemed effective responses to corruption. The study also proposes action the EU might consider taking to address corruption in sport.

February 2019

Recording – Erasmus+ Sport Info Day
Organisations applying for Erasmus+ sport actions might be interested in the recordings of the Commission’s Sport Info Day which took place in Brussels in early February. There are explanations of all the actions as well as tips on preparing the project proposal and financial issues.

Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances – Extra Funds Given
More money has recently been allocated to the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances action and the total budget for the 2019 call is now €35,500,000. This divides between the various lots as follows:

  • Lot 1 - Sector Skills Alliances for the development of sectoral approaches through “Platforms of vocational excellence” - indicative total budget: € 6,000,000 (maximum EU contribution for a project of 2 years: €1,000,000)
  • Lot 2 - Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET- indicative total budget: €5,500,000 (maximum EU contribution for a project of 2 years: €700,000 or maximum EU contribution for a project of 3 years: €1,000,000)
  • Lot 3 - Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills - indicative total budget: €24,000,000 (maximum EU contribution for a project of 4 years: €4,000,000)

Erasmus+ and Brexit
The European Commission has a webpage dedicated to how Brexit might impact the Erasmus+ programme.

Creative Europe New Pilot Mobility Scheme
The UK’s national contact point for the Creative Europe programme reports that a new pilot mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals will be starting in April 2019. The scheme will run between April and September 2019 and should provide up to 500 individuals with an opportunity to work abroad.

Erasmus+ and Serbia
Serbia’s status within the Erasmus+ programme was upgraded recently to full Programme Country.

Report: Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees into Higher Education
A new report published recently by Eurydice looks at the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into higher education. The report gathers information on the various strategies and measures that exist across the EU for the integration of asylum seekers and refugees in higher education.

January 2019

Correction to Erasmus+ Programme Guide
The European Commission has published a correction to the 2019 Erasmus+ Programme Guide. The changes relate to centralised activities in the following Key Actions:
  • Key Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees;
  • Key Action 2 European Universities; and Sector Skills Alliances

Topics of 5th Urban Innovative Actions Call Announced
The Urban Innovative Actions programme has announced the topics for the 5th call for proposals which will be launched this autumn. The topics of the call will be:
  • Air Quality 
  • Circular Economy
  • Demographic change
  • Culture and cultural heritage
Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Matera (Italy) are European Capital of Culture for 2019
In Plovdiv - the first ever Bulgarian city to be chosen as European Capital of Culture - more than 300 projects have been organised. Events include festivals, community-based projects and theatre productions, structured around themes linked to the present challenges faced by the city, its history and heritage. In Matera, events will have a special focus on social and cultural inclusion and collaborative innovation.

Publication: New Study addresses access to sport for people with disabilities
This report published by the European Commission analyses the benefits of sport participation for people with disabilities with the aim of helping community leaders create an environment where everyone can benefit from sport. The study also explores steps which can be taken to remove potential barriers faced by individuals with disabilities wishing to take part in organised sport, such as more conveniently located facilities and better-trained professional staff.

December 2018

Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027: Member States agree position
EU Member States have agreed their position (partial general approach) on the regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027. The programme aims to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage, and to increase the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector. Today's agreement does not cover the budgetary aspects of the draft regulation, as they will be dealt with by EU Finance Ministers at a later stage.

The draft agreement allows the UK the right to request participation in the future programme, provided appropriate budgetary contributions are made. At this stage, the UK government has not yet expressed a desire to remain in the programme post-2020. 

New Work Plan for Culture
The European Council has adopted a new work plan for culture for the years 2019-2022. The plan says that energies will be focused on 5 priority areas:
  • Sustainability in cultural heritage
  • Cohesion and well-being
  • An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content
  • Gender equality
  • International cultural relations 
The plan also includes 17 concrete actions to be taken. These includes conferences, workshops and studies all aimed at sharing experiences and good practices.

DG Education foresight studies

The European Commission’s department for education has announced that it will be launching a number of foresight studies early next year. Organisations interested in bidding for the contract to deliver one or more of these studies must register in advance. The deadline for registering an interest is 7 January. The three studies that will be launched are:
  1. The future of Non-formal and Informal Learning: towards lifelong and life-wide learning ecosystems?
  2. The future of Transnational Collaboration in European Higher Education.
  3. The future of Social Innovation in Education: how the ability and propensity to innovate can be fostered in an educational setting?

EU Graduate Tracking Survey
The European Commission recently announced the launch of the Eurograduate survey which aims of gather data on and help develop a picture of life after graduation for students in the EU. The survey will begin by covering students at university between 2007 and 2013 in the following countries: Austria, Croatia, CzechRepublic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta and Norway.

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