PRESS RELESE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EUROPEAN FUNDS AND SOCIAL DIALOGUE

Around 70 beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes receive recognition for their projects

The purpose of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes is to provide the opportunities and the tools for the ‘Erasmus Generation’ to take our country to the next level, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia said.

He was speaking during the EUPA’s Grant Award Ceremony 2019, where around 70 beneficiaries received a recognition of their grant in relation to projects funded under the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.

The Parliamentary Secretary presented certificates pertaining to the education sector, school education, adult education, higher education, vocational, education and training, and the youth sector.

In addition, the European Language Label was also presented to two schools who have successfully earned the certificate for this year.

This generation will continue to be an agenda-setter: its new priorities for the country, a game-changer. Building on the economic success we have achieved in recent years, it is important to keep in view the challenges that current and upcoming generations are more likely to be preoccupied by, Parliamentary Secretary Farrugia said.

The Parliamentary Secretary considers himself to be part of what he calls the ‘Erasmus Generation’, and said that this particular generation represents the first true generation of Europeans who have had life-changing experiences through programmes brought about by the European project, and are strategic for Europe’s future.

These programmes tackle the unique issues that Europeans face today: unequal opportunities, governance, environment climate change, migration, and the burden of a fast-changing socio-economic landscape, with all the social, economic, and even cultural problems that it brings with it. These programmes promote a sense of European citizenship and community, with holistic education, training, volunteer work, and mobility as its main tools, he said.

Moreover, these efforts will ultimately promote social cohesion and offer opportunities to people who will benefit from them in the long-run�in their education, careers, and social life�thereby building a better society for all.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that over Euros 9 million in Erasmus+ grants will be distributed to 73 beneficiaries, to start off new projects under the five sectors: Euros 5.1 million in funding will be utilised for mobility of individuals, whereas Euros 3.9 million in grants will go towards projects under strategic partnerships including those which predominantly focus on the sharing of good practices and innovation and Euros 74,000 will go towards policy reform.

He said that over 5,550 Maltese individuals, including students, teachers, trainers and youth workers will benefit from the Erasmus+ and ESC programme in 2019, and half of these will participate in mobility, and thus undertake a learning experience in another country.

Moreover, he explained that the European Commission will be doubling the Erasmus+ budget after 2020. He explained that the projects funded are all of high quality and that they all differ in nature.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister