Member States’ ministers for Sport adopted conclusions on the economic dimensions of sport and its socio-economic benefits.
On 30 May, the Commission adopted its proposal to double funding for Erasmus to €30 billion for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, making the programme available to 12 million people, three times the number currently able to participate.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. With doubled funding, this programme will be even more effective.
The budget for sport will be increased and account €550 million that means increasing the number of beneficiaries, reaching out to people from all social backgrounds through better access for grassroots organisations and creating stronger relations with the rest of the world by higher mobility of sport and fitness professionals.
Investing in people, their skills, and their knowledge is a core priority of the European Commission and will help respond to global challenges, maintain social fairness and drive Europe’s competitiveness.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "I am very proud that this Commission has proposed to double the budget for Erasmus – this is by far the biggest increase for any programme in the EU budget we have tabled. We need to be bold. This programme will support the big ambitions we have for empowering young people, building a European Education Area and strengthening our European identity. I call on Member States and the European Parliament to support us and make sure we can build the best future for our citizens."