The European institutions are monitoring the situation; Erasmus+ beneficiaries will be able to invoke the “force majeure” clauses.
The COVID19 emergency is hitting our continent and European governments are currently creating disposals and containment measures for defending people’s health.
The European Commission and EACEA published a statement about the consequences of the situation regarding current Erasmus+ Projects:
- The Commission fully respects all of the containment measures currently being taken at national level. And the Commission understands that those measures may have consequences on the participation of students, pupils, volunteers and others in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps mobility.
- The current situation means that certain participants are either unable to travel from their home base, or are unable to return there from their host location. This uncertainty is also prompting some parents not to allow their children to travel.
- To respond to these uncertainties, we are applying the maximum flexibility we can in the implementation of the programme, within the limits of the applicable legal framework.
- We have issued guidance to Erasmus+ beneficiaries that they can invoke the “force majeure” clauses. This will allow them to assess the possibility to accept additional costs up to a maximum grant amount. It may also enable them to postpone the planned activities by up to 12 months per project. National Authorities are also informed.
- We are monitoring this situation very closely and will adopt any additional measure that may become necessary.