Record number of young people to benefit from EU flagship educational programme
Five million young people will be eligible for grants to study, volunteer and participate in sporting events across Europe. The European Parliament has agreed a new, improved Erasmus+ programme to run until 2020.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith said:
"I’m delighted by this; I was lucky enough to be an Erasmus student in Heidelberg in Germany way back in 1992 and it’s given me a lot of benefits. Now the programme will receive one of the largest funding increases in the EU’s next long-term budget, which is part of an effort to counter the rising tide of young unemployed.
“This means that another five million young people will receive grants to study, train, volunteer or take part in youth or sports activities in another EU country, which will give them the opportunity to expand their horizons.
“Erasmus+ brings together all the existing education and training programmes as well as the Youth in Action Programme, and adds sport, for the first time.
“People from 13 to 30 will be able to study abroad or get a traineeship or apprenticeship. They will also be able to teach or gain professional experience in another EU country.
"The Erasmus programme was founded on an old principle in Scottish legal education, which meant students had to spend a year studying overseas. It creates pan-European links and opens up opportunities as well as giving participants a greater sense of the world they live in.
"I hope Erasmus+ will encourage more Scots to go abroad to learn new skills and learn about other culture, improve their job prospects and broaden their horizons. Of all the EU programmes, Erasmus adds the most value.”