The European Commission has integrated its various educational,training, sports and youth initiatives under a singlesingle programme, the Erasmus +-. With a budget of nearly €14,7 billion for the period 2014 to 2020, the new programme replaces the previous Lifelong Learning education and training programme, Youth in Action as well as several smaller international higher education programmes.
Erasmus + is divided into;
A simplified programme, Erasmus + hashas onlythree key actions and a two special sections, Jean Monnet for Higher Education and a section for Sport. These actions cover all educational fields – from school to higher education – as well as youth and sport initiatives. These actions are:
Key Actions 1 and 2 are managed decentrally by Erasmus+National Agencies while Key Action 3, and some individual activities under Key Action 2are managed centrallyby the EACEA in Brussels.
The Icelandic Erasmus+ National Agencies
There are two Erasmus+ National Agencies in Iceland. Icelandic Erasmus + National Agency education, training and sportis hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) in accordance with an agreement between Rannís and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The Youth part of the Erasmus + programme is, however, hosted by UMFÍ (The Icelandic Youth Organisation) and has it own homepage
In addition to hosting the National Agency for the Erasmus +Programme the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has also delegated the management of a host ofother European and national initiatives and programmes to Rannís. These include among others: