Erasmus+: Towards a New Programme Generation

published: 02-05-2019

On May 23rd Europe will be voting on a new European Parliament. But what does this actually mean to us as citizens? Panteia has a strong track record on conducting research for the European Commission and European Parliament. In honour of the upcoming Parliamentary elections, we would like to give a taste of what kind of projects we have conducted in the past:

Panteia recently had the pleasure of presenting our study on the Erasmus+ Programme to the CULT committee of the European Parliament. The Parliament commissioned this study on one of the EU’s flagship programmes. The Erasmus+ Programme allows organisations and individuals in European countries (in and bordering with the EU), to get funding for projects in the area of education, training, youth policy and sports. Projects which for example, target mobility of young people and teachers fall under Key Action 1, and those which promote strategic partnerships and knowledge exchange between educational, youth, and sports organisations fall under Key Action 2. Projects of these kinds can all be supported by the Erasmus+ Programme, which has a budget of €14.7 billion for the period 2014-2020.

The aim of this study was to examine the performance of the programme, the decision-making procedures used to implement Erasmus+, and to reflect on the European Commission’s own mid-term evaluation of the programme. This is all-in aid of making recommendations to the Parliament for the next cycle of Erasmus+. 


Erasmus+ has been performing well and has a very high added value across EU countries, supporting students in higher education, vocational training, schools, but also youths, teachers and staff more generally.

Under Key Action 1 of this programme, which supports the mobility of learners and staff, and joint master degrees, some 500,000 young people were able to study, train, volunteer or participate in youth exchanges abroad. Mobility in this case refers to travelling within a region of the country, throughout the country, or across borders to other countries.

Key Action 2 consists of strategic partnerships, capacity building projects, knowledge alliances, and sector skills alliances. For 2016, Key Action 2 saw 453,645 participants involved in 2,764 projects, with around 16,612 organisations involved across Europe.

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