Name Games for Erasmus for All: MEPs propose a new name for the programme
The “Erasmus for All” programme has caused a lot of stir within NGOs and the youth world ever since it was announced, and now it has been brought once again into the limelight after the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee (CULT) meeting on the 19th of September to discuss the programme’s report compiled by Doris Pack, Chair of the Committee. The “Erasmus for All” Doris Pack report sets out some important alterations and recommendations to the Commission’s current proposal for the next generation of programmes.
As part of her work, Doris Pack asked the European Commission to put forward a new name for the programme and what was suggested for the first time during the meeting was the name “YES Europe”, short for “Youth, Education and Sport Europe. The proposed new name received overall support from the Committee.
Doris Pack also clarified some of the recommendations outlined in the report, which included the need for:
• Increased visibility across all sectors of education and training.
• The sectoral approach to be retained and the current sub-brands such as Grundtvig, Leonardo etc to remain as they are.
• Simplification of the new programme structure.
• Separate Youth and Sports Chapters that shadow the new streamlined architecture.
• More details on how each activity will work in practice
• 90 % of the budget to be allocated, which should be legally binding.
• Increased support for young people working in the voluntary sector.
• European NGOs to receive funding for operating costs.
• A clear distinction between neighbouring countries and third countries.
And how will Erasmus for All be proceeding? Following the meeting, the members of the CULT Committee added their final amendments to the report for the next generation of funding programmes on the 3rd of October 2012, the completed version of which will be voted on by the Committee on the 6th of November 2012.
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