What is the role of the Erasmus+ National Agencies ?
The National Agencies are agencies in partnership with Erasmus+ that allow proximity with participants and guarantee the smooth running of the program in each country. Their missions are varied, and they respond to different needs such as providing information on the Erasmus+ program, selecting projects for funding, monitoring, and evaluating the Erasmus+ program, supporting applicants and participants, collaborating with other national agencies and the European Union, promoting Erasmus+ as well as sharing successful experiences and good practices.
There is one or more in each country, and you can approach them for any need you may have. For example, you can get in touch with them to promote your actions during the Erasmus Days.
In France, there are two of them:
Erasmus + Youth and Sport Agency, located at 95 Avenue de France in Paris in the 13th arrondissement. There is also the Erasmus + Education and Training Agency, located at 9 Rue des gamins, in Bordeaux.
Agencies in the same country come together and their fields of intervention vary. For example, the Paris agency oversees the youth component as well as the European solidarity corps. This represents 5% of the decentralized funds. This agency particularly aims to develop the most vulnerable students, notably by developing non-formal education in the professional integration of these young people. This agency also houses the Salto-Youth Euromed resource center and good practices, one of the six centers created by the European Commission to support national agencies and strengthen the quality of their projects.
The Bordeaux agency implements the education and training component of the program. It ensures the promotion and management of the education and training components of the Erasmus+ program in France. This agency reinforces the promotion, the implementation, the smooth running of the management and the development of the Erasmus+ program. The agency informs the public, professionals, and decision-makers about the opportunities that the Erasmus program can offer and promotes it to them. Their role and actions can be broken down into four main areas: hosting young people (to develop and promote meetings between young Europeans), mobility of youth actors (to develop cooperation between youth and professionals), strategic partnerships (to share experiences between countries active in the field of education, training, and youth), as well as participation and structured dialogue (to support the debate between young people and decision-makers on the themes concerned). It also plays a role in monitoring and evaluating Erasmus+ projects. It represents 95% of the Erasmus+ funds managed nationally. Designated by the European Commission, the agency is also the national coordinator for the European agenda for adult learning (AEFA) and for the national helpdesk of the electronic platform for adult learning (EPALE). It is also the national Europass and Euroguidance center.
French national agencies are very active with agencies in other European countries. The Formation et Éducation agency in Bordeaux, for example, organizes an international conference every year in a regional council, in partnership with other European agencies.
The Erasmus+ national agencies are therefore present in all European countries and each country has one or more affiliated agencies. On this link, you will find the list of agencies in each country.
You now know in detail what is the role of the National Agencies and more particularly the French one. You will now know where to turn to increase the success of your mobility and its promotion.