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The NAU's Role:
The National Authority (NAU) is the supervisory body for the EU Educational Programmes, namely the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020) and its predecessors, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and the Youth-in-Action programme (YiA).
The European Union Programme Agency (EUPA) is the accredited National Agency administering the Erasmus+ Programme in Malta. The EUPA can be contacted via their website (, their Facebook Page, or telephonically on 2558 6130
Erasmus+ Programme

The Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Erasmus+ aims at both individuals and organisations. For individuals, it offers opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries. For organisations, Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.
The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training.
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:

Reducing unemployment, especially among young people

Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy


Reducing early school leaving

A more detailed introduction is available here.
Programme Guide:
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is an integral part of the 2020 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. It is essential to understanding Erasmus+ and provides participating organisations and individuals a comprehensive list of opportunities supported by the programme.
Organisations and institutions seeking funding in the framework of this call must comply with the conditions for participation and funding expressed in this Guide.

The document provides information on:
the priorities of the programme,
the actions supported,
the funding available for different actions,
detailed information on participation.
          the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig)
          the Youth in Action programme
          five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries)
          the new sport action.
    As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport  sectors and is also easier to access than its predecessors through simplified funding rules.
    The actions of the Erasmus+ programme are divided into decentralised actions and centralised actions. The decentralised actions are managed in each programme country by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) which is the Maltese National Agency  appointed by the National Authority (NAU) in Malta. On the other hand, centralised actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.
    As of 1st January 2012, the Funds and Programmes Division assumed the responsibilities of the NAU through Legal Notice 505 of 2011.
    According to REGULATION (EU) No 1288/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC, the responsibilities of the National Authority are inter alia:
         Designating a National Agency responsible for managing all stages of the project lifecycle of all decentralised programme actions
         Providing the Commission with an appropriate ex-ante compliance assessment that the national agency complies with points (c)(v) and (vi) of Article 58(1) and Article 60(1), (2) and (3) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012, and Article 38 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 ( 1 ), as well as with the Union requirements for internal control standards for national agencies and rules for the management of Programme funds for grant support
         Designating an independent audit body responsible for issuing an audit opinion on the yearly management declaration referred to in Article 60(5) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012
         Monitoring and supervising the management of the Programme at national level. The NAU shall inform and consult the Commission in due time prior to taking any decision that may have a significant impact on the management of the Programme, in particular regarding its national agency.
         Based on the national agency's yearly management declaration, the independent audit opinion thereon and the Commission's analysis of the national agency's compliance and performance, the national authority shall provide the Commission, by 31 October of each year, with information concerning its monitoring and supervision activities in relation to the Programme.
         Providing adequate co-financing for the operations of its national agency to ensure that the Programme is managed in compliance with the applicable Union rules.
         The national authority shall take responsibility for the proper management of the Union funds transferred by the Commission to the national agency by way of grant support to be awarded under the Programme.
         In the event of any irregularity, negligence or fraud attributable to the national agency, or any serious shortcomings or underperformance on the part of the national agency, where this gives rise to claims by the Commission against the national agency, the national authority shall be liable to reimburse to the Commission the funds not recovered.

    Erasmus + Documentation


    Manual of Procedures

          National Authority Manual of Procedures​​​

          Annex 10 - Checklist for IAB Work conducted
          Annex 11 - Checklist for Work Programme Draft 1
          Annex 12 - Checklist for Work Programme Draft 2
          Annex 13 - Checklist for Work Programme Final
          Annex 14 - Checklist for IAB Audit Report
          Annex 15 - Memo
          Annex 16 - NAU Review of the Yearly NA Report
          Annex 17- Interim Report Template 
             Annex I

    Erasmus+ Budget – 2020:

    The Programme has an overall indicative financial envelope of 14.774 billion EUR under Heading 1 and of 1.680 billion EUR under Heading 4 of the EU Budget for the seven years (2014-2020). The annual budget is adopted by the Budgetary Authority. The different steps for the adoption of the EU budget can be followed at:  ​

    For information about the available budget by action, please consult the 2020 Erasmus+ Annual Work Programme​ 

    More information about Malta’s 2020 E+ budget is found here​

    Key Actions:
    The Erasmus+ Programme is split into 3 actions:
    Key Action 1 – Mobility of Individuals:
    Provides opportunities for individuals to improve skills, enhance their employability & gain cultural awareness.
    Mobility Projects: Study, Work, Job shadowing training & teaching.
    Higher education, vocational education & training, schools, adult education & youth.
    Staff & learners
    EU, Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, South Mediterranean Countries, Russian Federation
    Key Action 2 – Cooperation for Innovation & Good Practices:
    Opportunity for organisations to improve their provision for learners & share innovative practices.
    Sharing, developing & transferring innovative practices in education, training & youth provision between participating countries.
    Higher education, vocational education & training, schools, adult education & youth.
    Aims to increase the positive impact of European activities at all levels to ensure benefits for the individuals, organisations and countries involved in projects.
    Key Action 3 – Supply for Policy Reform:
    Covers any type of activity aimed at supporting & facilitating the modernisation of education & training systems.
    Funds strategic activities supporting policy reform across the EU in education, training & youth.
    Higher education, vocational education & training, schools, adult education & youth.
    Aims to help Europe achieve the goals set out in EU strategies such as Europe 2020, Education & Training 2020 (ET2020) & the European Youth Strategy.
    Further information can be found on the Erasmus+ portal.

    2020 Erasmus+ Deadlines:


    The following is a summary of Key Actions and their respective deadlines, Brussels time (CET) 

    Key Action 1:

    Mobility of individuals in the field of youth – Round 1

    5th February 2020, 12:00

    Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education

    5th February 2020, 12:00

    Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields

    5th February 2020, 12:00

    Mobility of individuals in the field of youth – Round 2

    30th April 2020, 12:00

    Mobility of individuals in the field of youth

    1st October 2020, 12:00

    Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

    13th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action

    Key Action 2:

    Strategic partnerships in the field of youth – Round 1

    5th February 2020, 12:00

    Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training

    24st March 2020, 12:00

    Strategic partnerships in the field of youth – Round 2

    30th April 2020, 12:00

    Strategic partnerships in the field of youth – Round 3

    1st October 2020, 12:00

    European Universities

    26th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Knowledge Alliances

    26th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Sector Alliances

    26th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Capacity building in the field of higher education

    5th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Capacity building in the field of youth

    5th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Key Action 3:

    Youth Dialogue projects (Round 1)

    5th February 2020, 12:00

    Youth Dialogue projects (Round 2)

    7th May 2020, 12:00 (Extended Deadline)

    Youth Dialogue projects (Round 3)

    1st October 2020 12:00

    Jean Monnet Actions:

    Chairs, Modules, Centres of Excellence, Support to Associations, Networks, Projects

    20th February 2020, 17:00 (Centralised Action)

    Sport Actions:

    Collaborative partnerships

    21st April 2020, 17:00 (Extended Deadline) (Centralised Action)

    Small collaborative partnerships

    21st April 2020, 17:00 (Extended Deadline) (Centralised Action)

    Not-for-profit European sport events

    21st April 2020, 17:00 (Extended Deadline) (Centralised Action)


    For further information, applicants may refer to the 2020 Erasmus+ programme guide (version 1) (updated 05/11/2019)

    For more information relating to 2020 budgets, applicants may refer to Erasmus+ Malta budget 2020

    European Solidarity Corps – 2020 Deadlines:


    All deadlines for submission of applications specified below end at 12.00 (noon), Brussels time.


    Volunteering Partnerships (Specific agreements for 2020 under the FPA 2018-2020)

    30 April 2020

    Volunteering Projects

    Round 1: 5th  February 2020

    Round 2: 30th April 2020

    Round 3: 1st October 2020

    Volunteering Teams in high priority areas*

    17th September 2020


    Traineeships and Jobs

    Round 1: 5th February 2020

    Round 2: 30th April 2020

    Round 3: 1st October 2020


    Solidarity Projects



    Round 1: 5th February 2020

    Round 2: 30th April 2020

    Round 3: 1st October 2020


    *“Volunteering Teams in High Priority Areas” is a distinct project format that supports activities by volunteering teams with a specific focus on thematic priorities defined each year at EU level. For 2019, applications for funding under this Action are expected to address the below policy priorities:

    i. European cultural heritage;

    ii. Social inclusion of people with fewer opportunities; 

    iii. Response to environmental challenges and climate challenges, including disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery (excluding immediate disaster response)”. 

    If an organisation (accredited or holding a Quality Label) wishes to apply for Volunteering Teams in High Priority Areas, the information about the application forms and selection procedure will be available on the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) website.


    For further information, applicants may refer to the European Solidarity Corps Guide, as well as to the information available when clicking on the tab on the left of the website, entitled ‘European Solidarity Corps / Korp Ewropew ta’ Solidarjetà’.

    Contact Information:
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    The National Authority
    Funds and Programme Division
    Triq il-Kukkanja,
    Santa Venera, SVR 1411

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    2200 1199

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    The National Agency
     European Union Programmes
    Agency (EUPA)
    Triq l-Imtarfa, Imtarfa MTF 1140
    Telephone: +356 2558 6130