The European Commission has adopted the first annual work programme for Erasmus+ 2021-2027


Thanks to a budget of over 28 billion euro, the programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans. It will support not only initiatives connected with social inclusion and the green and digital transitions, but also actions for the stability of education and training systems in the face of the pandemic.

The general objective of the Programme is to support, through lifelong learning, the educational, professional and personal development of people in Europe and beyond. Thereby the Programme will contribute to sustainable growth, quality jobs and social cohesion, to driving innovation, and to strengthening European identity and active citizenship.

The Programme’s three overarching priorities are:

  • Inclusive Erasmus+
  • Green Erasmus +
  • Digital Erasmus +

Within the overarching priorities, the Programme defines field specific priorities to be reflected in the actions supported by the Programme in 2021. In the field of vocational education and training (both initial and continuing), the Programme will support, among others, actions contributing to the following objectives:

  • Agile VET, which adapts to labour market needs
  • Flexible VET, which provides progression opportunities
  • VET driving innovation and growth, and preparing for the digital and green transitions
  • VET as an attractive choice based on modern and digitalised provision of training/skills
  • VET that promotes equal opportunities
  • VET underpinned by a culture of quality assurance

In 2021, the programme will also contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery process of the European Union through investment in mobility and cooperation in education and training and fostering skills and competences development necessary for the recovery process. This response of the Erasmus+ programme to the challenges of the pandemic will be directed at mitigating the socio-economic and educational consequences of COVID-19, while strengthening  solidarity among people through the following elements:

  • Digital education and training
  • Skills and competence development
  • Inclusion and solidarity
  • Driving innovation
  • Involving young people in the recovery

We invite you to read the Commission’s press release on the programme launch and the Erasmus+ 2021 work programme: