Erasmus+ is the European Union Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.

Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion.

Structurally Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ – the main areas of support:

  • Learning Mobility for Individuals;
  • Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices;
  • Support for Policy Reform.

There are also two separate areas of the programme for Jean Monnet activities and Sport.

In each Programme Country a National Authority oversees the programme. In Latvia the National Authority is the Ministry of Education and Science.

Management of the programme is divided between the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DGEAC) of the European Commission and National Agencies in the participating countries. The State Education Development Agency is the Latvian National Agency for Erasmus+ in the school education, adult education, vocational education and training, and higher education fields, for Erasmus+ youth field - the Agency of International Programmes for Youth. The National Agencies promote and implement the Programme at national level and act as the link between the European Commission and participating organisations at local, regional and national level.

Please visit the European Commission’s website for more information on the Erasmus+ programme.