More funds set to be distributed by end of year
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi addresses a press conference providing an overview of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Awarded Projects for 2020
On Thursday 24 September 2020, Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds, Hon. Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi announced that over €10.5 million in Erasmus+ grants will be distributed to 106 beneficiaries to start off new projects. More funds are set to be granted by the end of the year, as currently, there are several open calls under Erasmus+ in the field of youth and under the European Solidarity Corps; the deadline of which is set for 1 October 2020. In addition, two new calls were also announced earlier this month as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline of said calls is 29 October 2020.
Hon Zrinzo Azzopardi stated that such projects provide a valuable contribution to the continuous development of the education and training and youth sectors. Indeed, the priorities addressed by the granted projects are various, with projects aiming to work towards tackling early school leaving, the provision of high-quality Early Childhood Education and Care, the use of digital technology for Adult Education and the holistic access to nature to the Deaf Community amongst others.
Hon Zrinzo Azzopardi also highlighted the benefits that such projects have on the personal and professional development of young people, deeming such projects an important investment in the country’s future.
In view of this, Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator of the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps Programme, Mr Joseph Schembri stated that one of the biggest aims of the National Agency is to continue reaching out to potential beneficiaries and increase the numbers of granted projects. He stated that this objective is being reached as the increase in the number of submitted applications and granted projects testifies. Indeed, since 2014, 714 projects with a grand total exceeding €54.7 million were awarded.
Whilst congratulating the beneficiaries of selected projects, both Hon Zrinzo Azzopardi and Mr Schembri referred to the new Erasmus+ programme, set to run from 2021-2027, and which will carry a substantial increase in funds. Thus, potential applicants are encouraged to continue working on their project ideas and to contact EUPA for assistance on firstname.lastname@example.org or 22586132.