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National agencies' network

42 National Agencies in 34 countries will be taking part in the Erasmus + Programme

Towards a strengthened cooperation

To strengthen their cooperation, they are currently under the process of setting up a network of National Agencies. The objectives of such cooperation is the following:

1. Structuring the dialogue between National Agencies on :

  • Policy issues especially in relation to the objectives of the framework 'Education 2020': Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality, improving the quality and efficiency of education and training, promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship, enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training
  • Strategic issues: eg. merging with other existing programmes, extension of the programme to other geographical areas, complementarity / synergy with ESF funds, awareness of priority public or targets…

2. Strengthening cooperation, sharing methods and experiences between NAs through:Calling out the attention of the European Commission on key issues for the smooth running of the programme when needed

  • Organization of informal NA Directors' meetings to discuss current issues. June 2013, the informal meeting took place in Limerick, Ireland, another one is already planned this autumn. The French NA is part of the preparation committee.
  • Exchange of practices on various issues: management, information, financials, communication, assessment, promotion of programmes or projects, etc.
  • Development of staff exchanges through 'job shadowing' sessions on a more regular basis. The French NA has been very active in this field in 2012, receiving delegations of 6 countries and organizing exchanges for staff in 3 countries. In 2013, the Agency is pursuing these jobshadowing experiences.
  • Organization of joint working groups targeting specific functions of the Agency: working groups on IT, communication, finances and audit etc.
  • Organization, at the initiative of one of the NAs, of joint training for staff on topics of common interest. This will enable staff not only to develop their skills, but also to strengthen relationships with colleagues from other countries, to improve information flows and develop a sense of belonging to a European network of agencies.
  • Organization of events to share with colleagues on a specific topic. In May 2013, the French NA has organized an inter-agency seminar on “Measuring the impact of the future programme”. 55 participants representing 26 national agencies were present. The seminar was also the occasion to have an overview of NAs'studiesall around Europe.
  • Sharing IT tools developed by NAs such as Statistics for All developed by the french Agency. This tool already adopted by 17 National agencies provides statistics, graphs and maps for mobilities and cooperation projects. EST, European Shared Treasure is a LLP partnerships database launched by the Italian NA and used widely throughout Europe..
  • Other initiatives as for instance, mentoring to support the newly created agencies, realization of joint publications or studies...
  • Calling out the attention of the European Commission on key issues for the smooth running of the programme when needed

3. Calling out the attention of the European Commission on key issues for the smooth running of the programme when needed

Inter-agency seminar in Bordeaux: How to measure the impact of the future programme?

How to measure the impact of our programme ? How does European mobility foster employability? To which extent does it improve the acquisition of language skills? Are European programmes a powerful lever to the internationalization of the institutions?

In short, how the future will 'Erasmus +' contribute to the strategic goals of Europe 2020 in education and training and how can we assess it?

It is around this issue that representatives of European national agencies met in Bordeaux on May 30th . Accompanied by experts on the subject and by representatives from the European Commission, the 55 participants representing 26 national agencies discussed the indicators for the future programme, Erasmus +.

The seminar, on the initiative of the French NA, was also an opportunity to discover the diversity of approaches implemented by national agencies on this subject and many impact studies in Europe. See the NA's impact studies here.