Erasmus + in Greece has been paralysed for a year

January 7, 2016

Hat: The European Youth Forum has urged the European Commission to restore Erasmus+ funding for Greek NGOs.

Funding Scheme: 2016-01-07

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


Due to administrative procedures, the funding of Greek youth NGOs under the Erasmus+ Youth programme has been blocked for more than a year, causing severe problems.


Nathalie Vandystadt, Spokesperson for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, attributed it to a Greek government decision to change the national agency responsible for Erasmus+ funds.

In July 2015 the Greek government, by ministerial decree, designated the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) as the single Erasmus+ National Agency in Greece, and decided to transfer the management of the Youth part of the Erasmus+ programme to this Agency,” the Commission official said.

She continued, saying that the process of transferring the management powers to the agency was currently ongoing, and that the Commission was in close contact with the Greek authorities on this point.

Once the transfer is finalized, the full implementation of the programme in Greece can be restored. During this time, Greek organisations can still participate in the Programme as partners in the projects submitted to and funded by the Erasmus+ National Agencies in other Programme Countries,” she noted.

The European Youth Forum (YFJ), which represents 99 youth organisations in Europe, reacted strongly.

“It is unacceptable that an EU country’s young people and youth organizations do not currently, and have not for some time had access to EU funding because of administrative and political issues on a national level,” Johanna Nyman, President of YFJ told EurActiv Greece.

“Erasmus+ schemes and the funding they provide have direct benefits for young people and youth organizations and this situation must be solved as soon possible,” she added.

Url description: EurActiv