On the 23rd of November 2011 the European Commission presented a communication “COM (2011) 787 final”
: “Erasmus for All”, the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport.
It would start in 2014 and would significantly increase the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills.
The programme will support three main types of actions:
• Learning opportunities for individuals, both within the EU and beyond, including: study and training, traineeships, teaching and professional development and non-formal youth activities such as volunteering;
• Institutional cooperation between educational institutions, youth organisations, businesses, local and regional authorities and NGO
s, to encourage the development and implementation of innovative practices in education, training and youth activities, and to promote employability, creativity and entrepreneurship;
• Support for policy reform in Member States and cooperation with non-EU countries, with a focus on strengthening the evidence-base for policy making and exchange of good practices.
Erasmus for All will help young people to get training and skills that can increase their personal development and job prospects. Studying abroad can also increase language skills and adaptability. Studies have showed that students who have spent part of their studies abroad are more likely to take up a job abroad when entering the labour market.
The new formulation of ERASMUS FOR ALL has already partially accepted the request by UNIMED launched through the petition for the adoption of an Erasmus programme for the Mediterranean. Around 10% of the new programme will be reserved for the mobility of non-European university students and this represents an important result.
UNIMED however, in order to strengthen the Euro-Mediterranean dimension of the programme, has launched a new campaign to solicit the European Commission to the definition of the part of the programme dedicated to the Mediterranean region.
In particular UNIMED supports the reformulation of some amendments proposed by several parliamentary members of the DG Education & Culture of European Commission in order to encourage an adequate allocation of funds available for young people of the Southern Mediterranean shore with the aim of establishing an area of research and university education in the Mediterranean region in order to strengthen the Mediterranean scientific community. Negotiations for the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, the EU’s budget, are currently taking place. The outcomes of these negotiations will impact the budget allocations for ERASMUS for All.
Here attached the official document prepared by the GD Education and Culture of the next international Programme ERASMUS FOR ALL .