UK NA Statement on Participation in Erasmus+

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 21 January, 2020

The Erasmus+ UK National Agency – Ecorys UK  has issued the following statement.

“As you will no doubt be aware there has been quite a lot of media interest and speculation on this subject. As a result debate about future participation (2021-2027) and current participation (2014-2020) is getting confused. We therefore felt that it is important to clarify the following:

Current participation in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes 2014-2020.

  • Under the terms of the EU (withdrawal agreement) bill 2019-2020, which provides the detail of the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, it outlines that the UK will continue to participate fully in the current programmes and for the full duration as outlined in Article I.2 of the NA delegation agreements.
  • Therefore the UK’s involvement in Erasmus+ and the ESC in the current phase of the programmes remains unchanged.
  • This means that all existing Erasmus+ and ESC projects that involve a UK organisation will be able continue to deliver their activities as normal for the full duration of their project, and in line with Article I.2. of the NA delegation agreements.
  • Likewise, for the 2020 Call for Proposals, UK organisations and organisations abroad who are intending to submit applications with a UK organisation as a partner, should continue as planned.
  • All successful 2020 call applicants will be able collaborate with the UK for the full duration of their project and in line with Article I.2. of the 2020 NA delegation agreements. For absolute clarity this means that projects funded by your National Agencies will be able to send participants to the UK, as well as host UK participants, and participate in funded KA2/3 projects (both UK led and those involving UK partners) for the full duration of their project.
  • All no deal planning has been stood down by UK Government and we expect all information regarding this to be removed from the website once the EU (withdrawal agreement) bill has been passed into law by the UK Parliament (you can track progress of the bill here). 

Future participation in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes (2021-2027)

  • The UK Government has stated that it remains open to participation in the new programmes from 2021-27, and this will be part of their negotiations with the EU in the coming months.”

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