The enhancement over the next seven years aims to triple the mobility of students. Even if there is a pandemic, investment in Portugal will exceed 10 million by 2020.
After a year of pandemic and confinement to end the seven-year cycle, Erasmus+ is back and the budget has doubled. In an interview with Dinheiro Vivo Luís Alves, he explained: “About 26.2 billion euros will be raised in these 7 years (2021-2027), which must be added to the resources allocated to another project, which is now an autonomous European Solidarity Army. “Erasmus + Agency, introduced the new plan this week. The official emphasized: “A stronger budget will mean more mobility and learning opportunities, well-trained young technicians, new partnership networks between supported youth organizations, and supported youth participation processes. “He added that he hopes that this reinforcement will also translate into “a new level and quality of intervention.”
Since Portugal is a country that has historically been interested in this program (whether it is a candidate or a foreign student), the agency’s view is that the number of trips in the next 7 years may be “relative to the support provided between 2014 and 2020 Increased three times”, and then the budget is about 14 billion U.S. dollars. Luís Alves hypothesized: “This is our goal and the goal set by the European Commission.” He added that our level of implementation of these plans has always been high. Including 2020, despite these restrictions, the submission of applications is still a record year. Luís Alves revealed: “Our investment amount is more than twice the average level of the past six years, which is also a record year, and the financing projects and amounts have also reached record highs.” He pointed out: “There are a total of 287 projects. Raised more than 10 million euros in investment. Portugal.”
Because covid sets an unprecedented precedent, the new Erasmus+ program is also built to adapt to any restrictions. “It is possible to establish virtual liquidity, supplement or even replace physical liquidity.” This is an innovation of this new planning cycle, aimed at responding to public health emergencies, but also “provides new opportunities to participate in Erasmus+, which can better Adapt to different situations, expectations and needs of young people,” the official explained. Basically, it is “more flexible, more diversified, and more able to meet the specific needs of young people” with the project development model “Erasmus +”.
The National Director of the IAEA explained that if someone who has done Erasmus easily points out the importance of the program in the development of social and intercultural skills, Erasmus+ guarantees to strengthen in this regard. “Erasmus+ is a platform to promote basic values, which is the foundation of the European Union. If we add the personal impact of international travel experience on young people, we know that the plan has the potential to change lives, broaden horizons, cross-culturally, train participants in foreign languages, actively participate in project management, team, time and Resources. The translator said that this is an aggravation of soft skills, and the participants pointed out the results that have an impact on personal level and career.
He emphasized: “We are also trying to work with this new Erasmus+ to ensure that it can attract more young people. This is precisely because its influence is very beneficial to participants, organizations and communities, and even the entire European project.” . Alves.
In order to ensure that not only people who are able to live in a foreign European city for one semester or one academic year have access to opportunities, the program not only guarantees adequate funding for travel, food, accommodation, etc. (Of course, within the established limits and in accordance with specific rules), because it also provides the possibility of expanding the scope of expenditures for those who are still in difficulties. The head of Erasmus + Agency explained: “Additional funds can be provided to promote the participation of everyone (including young people with fewer opportunities).”
In an era when the European Union (EU) pays special attention to ambitious decarbonization goals and is committed to digital transformation, Erasmus+ has not passed these goals. “The current priorities of the new Erasmus+ are very consistent with the EU’s own priorities. They are setting our collective future agenda. But these priorities are also very in line with the interests and reasons for mobilizing the will. Luis Alves explained Said: “The new generation will immediately participate in the environmental agenda.”
Therefore, in addition to encouraging European young people to travel, Erasmus+ also uses this aspect as a tool to pursue this agenda, not only to support educational projects in this field, but also to financially encourage the use of more environmentally friendly transportation in travel.