1 What is Erasmus+
Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport that will replace the Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo, Comenius, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Jean Monnet actions), Youth in Action and five other international programmes starting from 2014. This new programme will focus on formal and informal learning across EU borders to improve the skills and employability of students, educators and workers. It will reflect the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives.
The European Commission is proposing a budget that is almost 70% higher than the current budget with an increase in the number of projects and in flat-rate grants, in order to simplify the management of the programme. This is under negotiation now and will be finally approved by this Autumn.
Coming to the structure, Erasmus+ will be an integrated programme, based around Key Actions rather than sectors of education. These will be: Learning Mobility, Co-Operation and Policy Reform.