Mobility grants have become a warning to many students and higher education institutions in some European countries, as they signal problems with the allocation of such financial aids under the new generation of the Erasmus + 2021-2027 program.
According to a report published by the European University Association, funding for Key Action 1 in this year (705 million euros) is lower than in the last years of the previous program (942 million euros in 2020 ; 922 million euros in 2019), SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.
These figures result mainly from the general approach adopted in Erasmus +, in which the annual budgets are increased from year to year. In addition, in 2022 the mobility budget (971 million euros) shows a slight increase compared to 2020.
Several countries reported serious problems with the Erasmus + program.
“In addition to smaller budgets than in previous years, payment delays have been reported, forcing higher education institutions to advance funding for mobility. These problems are partly due to the late formal adoption of the program at European level, and partly to the fluidity with which the national agencies were able to allocate funds for 2021 and reallocate unused 2020 budgets ”, the statement issued by the European Association of Universities reads.
Last month, the Commission opened calls for proposals for the Erasmus + program for next year. At the time, the Commission stressed that the program would have an increased budget of 3.9 billion euros.
In this regard, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, underlined that Erasmus + will mark its 35th anniversary, thus providing more opportunities for people to learn, study and train abroad.
“We want to make it possible for more people to participate and benefit from what Erasmus + has to offer. We will also be celebrating the European Year of Youth in 2022, and Erasmus + will play a central role ”, underlined Commissioner Gabriel.
Recently, the European Commission introduced a framework which aims to increase the inclusiveness of Erasmus and European Solidarity Corps programs over the next six years.
Such an announcement was made by the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as she stressed that the framework seeks to improve equity in the European education area.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the European Commission has introduced a new Erasmus + phone app which will be accessible to all people in all EU countries.
The app was introduced as part of the effort to make this program more digital.