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Norwegian position papers on Erasmus+ and FP10

The official Norwegian position papers on Erasmus+ and FP10 has now been published. 

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The Erasmus+ programme plays a vital role in fostering inclusion and diversity, democracy and civic engagement, digital transformation, and environmental sustainability across Europe. Norway takes great interest in the programme, and we are happy to convey our views to contribute to the upcoming deliberations. 

The main messages of the Erasmus+ position paper are as following: 

  • Continuity and stability, both in terms of funding and structure, between programme periods to secure predictability for end-users. This should also include keeping the name, given that Erasmus+ is one of the best-known EU initiatives.  

  • The future programme should keep the structure and distribution of centralised and decentralised actions.  

  • Clear priorities give the programme a direction, and the four priorities of the current programme are highly relevant across all sectors and should be continued in the next period.  

  • Upskilling and reskilling through education ought to be further enhanced and prioritised in the next programme period and could potentially be an overarching priority  

  • Inclusion should still be a main priority and aim of Erasmus+. At the same time, we must also recognize the excellence initiatives’ essential contribution to the programme’s relevance and attractiveness.  

  • The future programme should be designed to optimize impact in order to reach the programme’s objectives. KA2 is in this regard crucial.  

  • Further simplification of administration, i.e., of application processes, grant agreements and project documentation. The principle of proportionality should be guiding the programme rules.  

  • More flexibility within the decentralised allocation for Erasmus+ could ensure greater relevance, more impact and more targeted uptake of programme funding. 

  • Synergies with other programmes should be further enhanced. 


Read more about it and find the position paper on the Ministry of Education and Researchs website here.  


  

FP10 should contribute to tackling global and European societal challenges and help build a Europe that is excellent in cutting edge research and technology, competitive and resilient.

Norway believes that the following main messages and recommendations should be considered for FP10: 

  • Concentrate resources on the most important research and innovation areas based on European Added Value (EAV) 

  • Continue the focus on transformative R&I policy 

  • A digital and technological boost 

  • Pay more attention to long-term challenges and opportunities 

  • Strengthen synergies and complementarities 

  • Strategic autonomy is needed, but openness to international cooperation in R&I should be the main principle 

  • Reconsider the balance between partnerships and collaborative projects 

  • Streamline instruments in support of innovation 

  • Ensure strategic alignment between the European Research Area and the Framework Programme 

  • Simplify instruments and reduce the administrative burden  The full position paper can be found here.  

Norwegian preliminary input to EUs next framework programme for research and innovation (F
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