Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, which brings together seven previous EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training and Youth (e.g. Lifelong Learning Programme as well as Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries). For the first time it provides support for Sport.

The programme foresees three main actions:

  • Key Action 1 is devoted to mobility projects, through provision of grants for individuals – Individual Mobility for students (KA1) , to the implementation of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees  and to Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans.
  • Key Action 2 supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and better match the world of Education and the labour market in order to tackle the skill gaps we are facing in Europe.
  • Key Action 3 promotes national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems.

In the field of Sport, support will be provided for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

The Jean Monnet initiative is also included in the new Programme, with the aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide.

Some Erasmus+ actions (centralized ones) are directly managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels, whereas others (decentralised actions) are managed in each programme country by National Agencies appointed by their national authorities.