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Mailis Reps: European Union’s new multiannual financial framework creates better opportunities for education, research and youth

5. May 2018 - 18:54

Estonia supports the new multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 of the European Union that proposes more money to support education, research and youth. The budgets of new Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ should be increased significantly according to the proposal of the European Commission.

“The proposal by the European Commission makes glad,” said Minister of Education and Research of Estonia Mailis Reps. “The negotiations of the budget are still ahead, but I am sure that the majority of the member states agree with the European Commission on valuing highly the fields of education and research. Estonia already has been very successful using the funds for education and research while the additional funds will allow Estonia’s institution to strengthen and enlarge the international cooperation,” added Reps.

Estonia welcomes European Commission’s proposal to connect even more the usage of funds of the Cohesion Policy to structural reforms. “The Cohesion Policy has been playing great role in shaping the Estonia’s and European Union’s policies of education and research. Estonia has used those funds to renew the school network and establishing state upper secondary schools as well for the development of e-services related to education and research. Estonia foresees to continue with those during the new multiannual financial framework,” said Reps.

The proposal allows to strengthen and enlarge one of the most successful programs of Europe – the Erasmus+ program that enables wider mobility and cooperation projects at all levels of education. “It is highly important for Estonia that the new multiannual financial framework includes one of the priorities of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – the European Solidarity Corps programme. It creates new possibilities for young people to participate in the voluntary service, different work and interning projects as well solidarity-related projects,” said Reps. Estonia supports strongly greater funding of research and technology. Estonia also emphasizes widening the requirements for participation in order to increase the number of organizations that would allow student mobility to be an integral part of studies.

Background information

  • The EU budget, to which taxpayers of all Member States contribute, is meant to boost development and new initiatives. The most important is what it is spent on: how investments affect the economy, whether they will create growth in the future, and whether the well-being of people and the security of the countries will increase.
  • The initial proposal suggest the budget of the European Union during 2021-2027 to be 1279 billion euros. Erasmus+ program will be funded by 30 billion euros (compared to current 14,7 billion euros), while the European Solidarity Corps will be funded by 1,26 billion euros. The new Horizon Europe will be funded by 97,6 billion euros.
  • Estonia is a good example of how EU membership has significantly supported the development of the country. Since joining the EU, Estonia has been among those benefitting the most from the shared budget. Estonia is one of the fastest-growing areas in the EU. Estonia’s gross domestic product per capita, taking into consideration our purchasing power, has increased from 54 per cent of the EU average in 2004 to 75 per cent in 2017.

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