"The EU has outlined a multitude of policies around education, training, youth and sport for the 2021-2027 budget period. Chief among these are the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan, the EU Youth Strategy and the EU Work Plan for Sport. Their shared objective is to effectively and swiftly prepare European citizens for the twin green and digital transitions while ensuring that no one is left behind. All of these policies have their own standalone initiatives to advance their goals, but the overarching EU programme that will progress many of their cross-sectoral priorities is Erasmus+".
The programme’s four key priorities for 2021-2027 are:
Inclusion and diversity
Environment and the fight against climate change
Participation in democratic life.
Erasmus+ supports youth-driven local, national, transnational and international participation projects run by informal groups of young people and/or youth organisations encouraging youth participation in Europe's democratic life and following one or more of the following objectives:
provide young people with opportunities to engage and learn to participate in civic society, by offering pathways of engagement for young people in their daily lives but also in democratic life, aiming for a meaningful civic, economic, social, cultural and political participation of young people from all backgrounds, with special focus on those with fewer opportunities;
raise young people's awareness about European common values and fundamental rights and contribute to the European integration process, including through contribution to the achievement of one or more of the EU Youth Goals;
develop young people’s digital competences and media literacy (in particular critical thinking and the ability to assess and work with information) with a view to increasing young people’s resilience to disinformation, fake news and propaganda, as well as their capacity to participate in democratic life;
bring together young people and decision makers at local, regional, national and transnational level and/or contribute to the EU Youth Dialogue.