In December 2020 European institutions reached the final agreement on the Erasmus + programme for the period 2021-2027. The provisional agreement will now be submitted to EU member states’ ambassadors for endorsement. The official adoption of the Erasmus+ regulation for 2021-2027 will happen at a later stage this year.
The provisional agreement stipulates that the new programme will cover not only higher education, but all levels and types of education and training. It will be provided with a budget of EUR 24.57 billion in current prices plus EUR 1.7 billion in 2018 prices, which constitutes a significant increase compared to the amount for the current programme. 83% of the total budget will be allocated to activities in the field of education and training, 10,3% to actions in the area of youth and 1,9% to sport-related activities.
Since the publication of the proposal for the new Erasmus + programme in 2018, EUD together with the European Disability Forum advocated for the programme to be more inclusive. During the negotiations EUD urged the EU institutions and the EU Member States to deliver Erasmus+ 2021 – 2027, which is inclusive of and fully accessible to deaf persons, by ensuring that learning mobilities are accompanied by sign language support for deaf beneficiaries. After the official adoption of the programme, we will provide you with an in-depth analysis whether these demands were met.