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New EU education programme to enhance mobility

November 24, 2011
The European Commission has presented a proposal for a new education programme entitled “Erasmus for All”, bringing together all EU education schemes. The Commission is paving the way for a considerable increase in the budget to promote student mobility and European educational cooperation.

Many more students, teachers and administrators can look forward to a study period in another European country through the EU's coming education programme "Erasmus for All", which the Commission presented on November 23rd 2011.

As many as 5 million people will have the chance to study abroad under the new programme, which will almost double the number of people doing so today. Further negotiations on the programme will begin during the Danish EU Presidency in 2012.

"Erasmus for All" will help achieve the objectives for Europe's growth strategy, EU 2020. For example, more young people will have a higher education, which is in line with the Danish government's national target. The Commission also intends to simplify administration so that resources may better be utilised.

The new programme will replace the current Lifelong Learning programmes (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig), Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus and Tempus. Furthermore, a sports programme will be added. "Erasmus for All" has a budget of EUR 19 billion for 2014-2020.

Many Danish institutions and organisations use the EU education programmes. For example, nearly all higher education institutions participate in the current Erasmus programme which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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