Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive

The Commission has adopted a framework to increase the inclusiveness and diversity of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes for the period 2021-2027. The measures deliver on the commitment by President von der Leyen’s Commission to substantially reinforce both programmes, not only by allowing many more people to learn or volunteer in another country, but in particular by reaching out to increasing numbers of people with fewer opportunities.

With today’s framework of inclusion measures, the Commission gives a strong boost to improve equity and inclusion in the European Education Area and lives up to the promise in the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which provides that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning.

Second call for large-scale projects

Brussels has launched a new call for proposals that will allow European countries to pool resources to develop large-scale actions. The funds for the development of these large-scale projects come from the Innovation Fund. The call is open to projects from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway until 3 March 2022.

The European Commission’s Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest demonstration programmes for cutting-edge technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage and carbon capture, use and storage. Its allocated budget is EUR 1.5 billion.

The evaluation criteria for projects are: potential to avoid greenhouse gas emissions; innovation potential; financial and technical maturity; potential for scaling up and cost-effectiveness.

Projects that are promising but not sufficiently mature to receive a grant will be eligible for development assistance from the European Investment Bank.

2022 Commission Work Programme

The Commission adopted its 2022 Work Programme, setting out the next steps in its bold and transformative agenda towards a post-COVID-19 Europe that is greener, fairer, more digital and more resilient. This Commission Work Programme contains 42 new policy initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines, building on her 2021 State of the Union speech. It also reflects the lessons learnt from the unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic, while paying particular attention to our young generation thanks to the proposed European Year of Youth 2022.