Under the name Erasmusx10 - European Youth Forum, Lifelong Learning Platform and members of the Erasmus+ Coalition members are aiming for more funding of E+.
The Erasmus+ Coalition gathers over 40 European-wide networks and civil society organisations representing the major beneficiaries of Erasmus+ programme at all levels.
The idea of the “Erasmusx10” campaign emerged when European political leaders started advocating for a significant uplift of the programme’s budget. The President of the European Commission Juncker himself, during the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, called for a 9-time increase. Juncker declarations follow the political will of a consistent increase of the Erasmus+ budget expressed by several heads of State and government of some Member States such as Belgium, France, Italy. Furthermore, during the Rome Summit on the 60th anniversary of the treaty, EU leaders stressed out the importance of EU biggest achievement in changing the lives of 9 million Europeans through Erasmus+.
This clear support and acknowledgement of the programme’s benefit to citizens and Europe at large justifies the need for better financial support to make the programme more accessible and increase its quality. The purpose of the campaign is to mainstream such individual and collective mobilisation, and to raise civil society voices from all parts of Europe to advocate for a more accessible and inclusive Programme.
Within the Campaing there are 10 important aims that more funding is being requested. These are:
- Widening its access for a truly lifelong learning programme;
- Strengthen its social dimension for better inclusion;
- Empowerment of citizens through education;
- Competiveness and employment;
- Quality mobility experience and projects;
- Effective management and evaluation;
- Peer Learning, Capacity Building and Exchange;
- Cross-sector and mul level cooperation;
- Education as a driver for Sustainable Development Goal;
- Internationalising educa on and lifelong learning systems.
Therefore, we all need to work together in order to achieve better quality of Erasmus+ and indeed a 10-time increase.