The Erasmus+ programme is now entering its revision phase. The mid-term review will be published at the beginning of 2018 and in the first half of the next year the European Commission will drafts its proposal for the new programme. We know all three EU institutions support an increase of funding for the programme, in particular the CULT committee of the European Parliament has released its opinion on the budget post 2020 and clearly supports the Erasmusx10 Campaign launched by the LLLPlatform and the European Youth Forum. Also, the recent European Commission’s Communication ‘Strenghtening European identity through education and culture’ goes towards the same direction of increased funding for mobility, in particular for schools pupils.

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Within this phase of revision, EFIL is advocating for more funding for pupils’ mobility and the possibility for NGO experts in mobility to apply for this funding on behalf of schools to be able to reach out and support many and diverse schools in the process of internationalisation. Within this advocacy campaign, we are not alone: the Association of Teacher Education in Europe – ATEE has recently joined the coalition made by EFIL, EEE-YFU, OBESSU and ESHA. Here you can read the joint position paper. Moreover, also the Youth Intergroup within the European Parliament supports our call.

EFIL and EEE-YFU are meeting the European Commission and the European parliament to raise awareness about the need to expand access to pupils’ mobility and the key role that expert NGOs can have in supporting schools in engaging in this transformative learning experience for the students.

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