A recent joint statement issued by the Scottish and Welsh Governments about the Eramus+ programme has confirmed that they will work together to remain in Erasmus.
This is following much support from across Europe, such as around 150 Members of the European Parliament asking the European Commission to explore how Scotland could continue to take part.
The Scottish and Welsh Government have always been united in their views that participation in Erasmus+ is in the best interests for the whole of the UK and the UK Government’s decision not to associate with it is disappointing. It will reduce opportunities for all learners and cut support for the most deprived communities.
Participation in Erasmus+ has helped transform the lives of thousands of students, schoolchildren, teachers, adult learners and young people, from all across the UK. In Scotland proportionally more participants have gone abroad through Erasmus+ than from anywhere else in the UK, while proportionally more visitors from the rest of Europe have visited Scotland in return. Schools in Wales have led the UK in winning Erasmus+ funding for strategic partnership projects on innovative topics such as green energy, artificial intelligence, and promoting inclusivity in the classroom.
The UK Government’s proposed alternative, by comparison, is a lesser imitation of the real thing. The Turing Scheme, funded at £105 million for one year, pales in comparison to Erasmus+, which has now had its budget for the next seven years increased to €26.2 billion. Turing will offer no funding to the international partners that are needed to allow mobilities to take place unlike Erasmus+, where both parties are awarded funding to facilitate the exchange of learners from one country to another. Turing will also fail to support any of the strategic partnerships currently supported by Erasmus+, which help to build relationships with partners in Europe.
Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie said:
“Losing Erasmus is huge blow for students, community groups and adult learners in Milngavie and Bearsden North - from all demographic backgrounds - who can no longer live, study or work in Europe.
“It also closes the door for people to come to Scotland on Erasmus to experience our country and culture and it is heartening to see that loss of opportunity recognised by MEPs from across Europe who want Scotland’s place in Erasmus to continue.
“Withdrawing from Erasmus is highly regrettable and so I welcome this joint commitment from the Scottish and Welsh Governments to explore with the EU how to maximise our continued engagement with the programme.”
Full statement: https://scottishgov-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/erasmus-exchange-programme