The Erasmus+ UK National Agency has produced an updated statement for UK applicants, beneficiaries and stakeholders about the status of the Erasmus+ programme. This statement is intended to provide reassurance in the context of the triggering of Article 50, the process for beginning the UK’s exit from the European Union (also known as Brexit). Please check our dedicated Article 50 page for the latest news.
The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, remains wholly committed to the programme and its benefits. The National Agency strongly supports continued full membership of the programme for the UK through to 2020, so that at least 250,000 people across the UK have the chance to study, train or volunteer abroad, and that UK organisations can continue to collaborate on international projects.
2016 was the most popular year so far for Erasmus+ in the UK and we expect even greater take-up in 2017 because we have a higher budget this year. Successful Erasmus+ applicants in 2017 will be awarded funding for the full duration of their projects, and all beneficiaries should continue their projects with their partners as usual through to completion. The UK continues to be a full member of the EU until the point it leaves. The European Commission has confirmed that during negotiations under Article 50, European Union treaties and law continue to apply to the UK, and this applies to projects financed through Erasmus+. The UK Government has also confirmed that while we remain in the EU we retain all our rights and obligations as a Member State, including the right to participate in Erasmus+. We cannot speculate on any possible future scenarios following the UK’s exit from the EU, but we note the Government position is that UK participation in some EU programmes may continue subject to the negotiation.
If you are currently taking part in a project or applying for funding to the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, please continue with your plans as usual. There is no need to contact the UK National Agency once Article 50 is triggered. For non-UK organisations working or planning to work with UK partners on the Erasmus+ programme, we hope you will continue to do so as the UK is still a Member State and continues to participate in the programme.
We will continue to update our dedicated Article 50 webpage with news and information related to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Please note this page may contain more recent information than this news item which was produced in March. You can sign up to our newsletter or follow us @erasmusplusuk for the latest developments.