Erasmus 2021-2027 to focus on issues of digitalisation, inclusion and green economy

The new European framework programme “Erasmus+” is currently in its final stage of preparation. New topics and priorities will be the focus of the upcoming programme period 2021-2027, and ipcenter will continue to develop innovative project ideas with our partners to fit the strategic priorities and address the thematic challenges.

First of all, the new transnational educational/training programme will take into account the current challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also stress topics of better inclusion, sustained and green development and promotion of digital skills.

Erasmus 2021-2027 will have an enlarged budget of overall 25 billion EUR, 80% of which will be allocated to activities in the field of education and training, among those the “vocational training” area ipcenter is focused on.

Priority areas of Erasmus will be projects/initiatives that promote the use of digital services and tools for training activities, as well as to promote the digital skill levels of youth, students and employees throughout the programme area.

Also, projects with a deliberate inclusive goal (better participation/inclusion for disadvantaged target groups, or persons with social or mobility issues) are among the strategic priorities, and projects covering “green economy”. The topic of “green” and sustainable issues ties into the recently announced “new green deal” of the European Union that focuses on sustainable, innovative and climate-friendly growth in the coming decades, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In order to support the thematic areas of Erasmus, the programme will also encourage the cross-sectoral issue of development/use of innovative methods and tools in virtual/digital learning, cooperation and exchange.

Concrete calls for project proposals (in adult education and VET) are to be expected in spring of 2021, and further information can be found via the Erasmus Programme homepage of the European Commission.