Erasmus+ 2023 Annual Work Programme: Commission increases annual budget, with a focus on learners and staff from Ukraine
European Commission has adopted a revision of the Erasmus+ Annual Work Programme for 2023. The overall budget of the programme for this year has been revised upwards to a new total of €4.43 billion, the highest annual financial envelope ever reached by the Erasmus+ programme.
The increased budget will overall reinforce the Erasmus+priorities on inclusion, active citizenship and democratic participation, and on green and digital transitions in the EU and internationally.
The revised work programme includes a €100 million frontload from the 2027 Erasmus+ budget, to support projects that promote educational activities and facilitate the integration of people from Ukraine fleeing the war into their new learning environments, as well as activities supporting organisations, learners and staff in Ukraine. The anticipated funds will reinforce activities put in place for Ukrainians fleeing the war through additional support for beneficiary organisations of the Erasmus+. Funded activities may range from linguistic and cultural integration courses, language learning tools, addressed to educators or learners, to scholarships or general financial support in all Erasmus+ sectors for learners and educators.
The international dimension of Erasmus+ was notably strengthened with a budget increase of €31 million, which will be used to reinforce mobility projects and capacity building in higher education in support of international cooperation projects. In 2023, this action will also support a structural reform project aimed at the creation of an open education digital environment, which would offer quality education and training to students enrolled in Ukrainian Higher Education Institutions, for those fleeing from Ukraine or internally displaced students. It would also provide educational opportunities for the wider Ukrainian community abroad, based on cooperation between Ukrainian and other European universities.