Europe bets on the Erasmus
After the uncertainties of last year, Europe relaunches with the decision Erasmus project . Last Tuesday the Brussels Parliament gave the first OK to Erasmus +, a new version of the EU Plan of mobility, making appropriations amounting to EUR 14 billion for the period 2014-2020 . According to estimates by the European Union of these resources should benefit 5 million participants.
The most recent events have been rather troubled Erasmus: last year, in fact, some of the EU countries had blocked funding risk by the suspension of the program so loved by young people from all over the Old Continent, and an agreement on the funding had been reached only in extremist. It then goes back to this week’s’ case-Spain ‘ , with the government who had announced immediate cuts to additional contributions to the bags given to students. All this, luckily the young Spaniards, ended with a sudden turnabout dictated by student protests, from the pressures of various parties and even those of the EU, which has intervened by warning the government Rajoy and defining the cuts to scholarships Erasmus gesture “penalizing”.
Fears of a possible disappearance of one of the initiatives most successful European have now been dispelled, as the Cultural Commission of the European Parliament approved the programmatic text for Erasmus + , the new version of the ‘old’ Erasmus, which will include all the initiatives related European mobility: Erasmus blind to Leonardo, Grounding by the Comenius Programme, to ensure greater interaction between them. And if the amount of the grant, 14 million euro, is lower than the 20 originally planned, he scores the +40 per cent compared to the funds of the previous edition.
And the good news does not end here: there is a simplification of administrative provisions necessary for Erasmus and other mobility projects the European Union, and scholarships paid more quickly and differentiated according to the cost of living in your country as target. But that’s not all part of the funds, it will be used as a guarantee for those who ask for a loan to study abroad as part of the new micro-credit system developed by the EU.
According to estimates by the European Union, these enhancements will expand the number of participants yet. In all, it is expected that between 2014 and 2020 will start in 5 million , compared to 3 that took part in the program during the period between 1987, the year of its establishment, and 2013 .