For Erasmus+ programme, 2019 was a significant year not only for the unforgettable adventures, but also for the impressive results. The good news is that the annual report of Erasmus+ 2019 is finally here and we can see the reached results!
These past years were full of memorable moments, many new friendships, adventures, non-formal activities, knowledge and fun experiences. But how this programme reflected on the most concrete accomplishments in Europe: bringing people together and building an European sense of belonging and unity through lifelong learning? Let us tell you what has changed and whether the goals of the program have been achieved.
Key Action 1 – Mobility of youth field
In 2019, Key Action 1 got the biggest support from the Erasmus+ total budget. The EU committed €1.77 billion for Key Action 1, which is a bigger amount compared to 2018.
Mobility projects in the field of youth were supported through one Action – KA105, composed of Youth Exchanges and Youth Worker activities. It provides opportunities to youth & youth workers to exchange and learn outside their formal educational system in another country.
The international dimension of KA105 remained strong in 2019, leading to mutual understanding and good practice exchanges:
- > 67 500 participants with fewer opportunities were involved, reaching 40% of the participants.
- Youth Exchanges and Youth Workers activities increased even by 13.5% in 2019 compared with 2018.
- Number of participants funded reached almost 175 000. The level of unmet demand remains high with only 33% of the projects being granted in the Action.
- Success of Youth Worker Mobility is shown not only from rising participant numbers but also from high satisfaction rates among participants. Almost 95% declares an improvement in their competences through their mobility experience.
Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
What regards Key Action 2, magnificent results were reached too. KA2 promotes the cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices in the fields of education, training and youth, with a long-lasting impact on organisations, individuals and policy systems. This Action in 2019 also stay strong and even kept increasing:
- In 2019, a total amount of €931 million was implemented under Key Action 2.
- Close to 79 % of the Key Action 2 funds were allocated to the National Agencies.
- More than 2 000 partnerships were contracted, for a total of €230.4 million.
- Strategic Partnerships in vocational education and training: of the total projects selected, 78% focused on innovation.
- A third of Erasmus+ entrepreneurship projects helped create start-ups.
As we see every year, figures and testimony from participants both indicate that Erasmus+ helps young people in an increasingly diverse community to benefit from Erasmus+ opportunities. Youngsters feel more ready to take on new challenges, have better career prospects and are more aware of the advantages that the EU brings to their everyday lives. We are ready to start a new year with a much more modern programme, fully fit for the digital age. And we can’t wait for a new year full of projects, new partnerships, friends, unforgettable experiences and fun adventures.
Great news is that the EU has finally approved its new budget! And the increase in funding of the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme now amounts to almost double the previous programme. Thus, the new programme is waiting for us with much more adventures, experiences, friendships and various activities.
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