European Commission makes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive
October 25, 2021
The European Commission has adopted a framework to increase the inclusiveness and diversity of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corpsprogrammes for the period 2021-2027.
The measures deliver on the commitment by President von der Leyen’s Commission to substantially reinforce both programmes, not only by allowing many more people to learn or volunteer in another country, but in particular by reaching out to increasing numbers of people with fewer opportunities.
With the new framework of inclusion measures, the Commission gives a strong boost to improve equity and inclusion in the European Education Area and lives up to the promise in the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which provides that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning.
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “EU programmes need to benefit all, regardless of their background, socio-economic context and physical, mental or health condition.Thus making the new Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive and diverse is key. We will provide more funding to accompany those who need more help and reach out to those who do not know about the programme, or hesitate. Everyone needs to be able to benefit from the same opportunities and can also give back to society. This is the value of solidarity that the European project relies on.”