The Community Programmes represent the instrument through which the funds are disbursed by a direct management, namely those funds managed directly and centrally by the European Commission which transfers, without further steps, the funds to beneficiaries.
These programs, designed to implement Community policies in various subject areas, and therefore also known as “sectoral” or “thematic” programmes, through cooperation among entities from different Member States or third-world countries, have a multiyear duration (usually corresponding to the cycle programming of the structural funds) and are adopted by a proposal from the Commission, with the Council decisions or in co-decision with the European Parliament that define the objectives, the types of activities, the measures likely to receive funding (subsidy), potential applicants and the percentages of co-financing.
The administration of individual programs is entrusted from the Commission to its General Management, directly responsible for all stages, from planning to the expenditure of co-financing to its financial reporting. For some programmes National Agencies have been set up in the EU Member States, with the function of informing the citizens, collecting project proposals drawn up by the operators.
The consultants of Polaris are specialized in the preparation and implementation of projects under the Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014-2020. What is Erasmus+
Within the Erasmus+ programme, especially study, education and teaching oppurtunities and international volunteering are funded by the EU; main recipients of Erasmus+ are students(only from universities and vocational schools), trainers, educators, teachers, trainees and young workers.
The goal of the new programme “is to improve the skills, personal development and employability of people, because investing in high-quality education and training for all is essential to achieve the Europe 2020 goals for growth, employment and innovation.”
The contribution of the new programme to the Europe 2020 strategy will be, in fact, helping citizens to acquire more and better qualifications using the opportunities to study and train abroad.
In order to reduce early school dropout, another key objective of the Europe 2020 strategy, Erasmus + will facilitate the improvement of all levels of education and training, as well as non-formal apprehension, which will be supported thanks to youth and volunteer exchanges.
The new Erasmus + program combines all current EU funding schemes in the sector of education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme – LLP (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action and five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme of cooperation with industrialized countries). For the first time this also includes supporting sports.
The programme has as its focus the mobility, cooperation and policies to reform for which it bases itself on three “Key Activities”, transversal to the different sectors:
Key Action 1 offers learning oppurtunities for individuals, both in as out of the EU (study and training, internships, tuition and professional development and non-formal youth activities such as voluntary work). KA1 allows to carry out learning periods abroad for people from all educational and training sectors.
Key Action 2 provides cooperation amongst educational institutions, youth organisations, local and regional authorities and NGO’s in order to develop innovative praxis in the sector of education, training and youth activities. With as main goal to promote employment, creativity and entrepreneurship. The good practices will be exchanged through transcultural and transinstitutional learning in educational and training institutions as well as in youth organisations.
Key Action 3 supports the reforms of the Member States and the cooperation with non-European countries. A particular emphasis, is provided, on the reinforcement of the experimental base to implement decision making and the exchange of good practices. Another cornerstone of KA3 will be the enhancement and implementation of European tools in terms of valutation and recognition of competences.
To read more about it go to: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/discover/index_en.htm