The European Commission has put forward proposals for a dramatic expansion and harmonisation of education, training, youth and sport support programmes in Europe. In particular, the Commission envisions a single pan-European mobility programme for the period 2014-2020 that covers all levels and sectors of education and includes all EU member-states.
The proposed budget of €19 billion over seven years compares to the current Erasmus budget of roughly €500 million for 2012-2013, and an overall EU budget for mobility programmes of nearly €7 billion for 2007-2013.
The expanded programme is projected to fund the international mobility of five million students, faculty, and staff for the period 2014-2020. Out of these five million mobility opportunities, the proposal anticipates that 2.2 million will be higher education students, 735,000 will be vocational education and training students, and another million will be faculty, youth workers, and other staff.
This represents a 50% increase in higher education mobility and a 100% increase in VET mobility as compared to programme participation for 2007-2013.
Of the proposed €19 billion programme budget, nearly €2 billion has been earmarked for cooperation with non-EU countries.