The Estonia’s Government adopted Estonia’s views on the European Solidarity Corps and the Erasmus programme at its today’s session. Estonia will support enhancing civil initiative among Estonian youth by way of participation in solidarity projects and providing increased funding for the student mobility and internationalisation programme Erasmus.
According to Minister Mailis Reps, both programme proposals made by the European Commission are the most welcome. “Young people and students will have considerably better opportunities for student mobility and involvement in civil society. The Commission’s proposal to double the funding available for Erasmus and develop an even more elaborate programme for youth involvement provides an excellent opportunity to gain even more valuable experience by contributing to the society and by learning,” said Reps. “The Erasmus programme is the best alternative available for Estonia in terms of internationalisation,” added the Minister.
Funding for the Erasmus programme will increase
Student mobility has been the most visible part of the Erasmus programme. The follow-up programme will be largely based on similar key actions - student mobility, various partnership projects and supporting policy reforms. Erasmus will help to improve the quality of education, provide more individual development opportunities for students, and give Estonian educational establishments access to broader cooperation in Europe and elsewhere.
In the new programming period, the funding envisaged for the programme will increase to 30 billion euros to allow new initiatives and involve a far greater number of participants. The Erasmus programme is well-known in Estonia with almost 30,000 individuals participating in the programme over the last five years. However, the total funding requested during the period was nearly double the available amount so the budget increase is most welcome.
A new programme will be launched for participation in solidarity projects
The European Solidarity Corps was instituted during Estonian presidency to promote civil initiative among youth through involvement in various solidarity projects. For instance, under the programme, 18-30-year-olds can participate in volunteering, work and apprenticeship projects as well as initiatives for tackling various problems or aimed at community development. For example, such measures include education, environmental protection, social integration, integration of migrants, and other topics relevant in the community.
The planned budget for the programme’s first phase - from the current year onwards and up to 2020 - is nearly 376 million euros which will enable the participation of more than 100,000 young people. In the new EU programming period 2021-2027, the amount to be allocated to the programme is almost 1.3 billion euros with the aim of involving 350,000 young individuals. Interested parties and organisations can sign up at the web site of the European Solidarity Corps.