Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of Kosovo, Kujtim Gashi and the Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo, Shyqiri Bytyqi have signed an agreement on Kosovo's participation in the Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes on 05 June 2018.
Ahead of the ceremony taking place in Brussels, Commissioner Navracsics said: "The participation of Kosovo in the Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes will further strengthen our cooperation in the fields of culture, education, youth and sport. I am particularly pleased that Kosovo joins at a time when we celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage." The Agreement will have to be ratified by the Kosovar Parliament before applicants from Kosovo are eligible to participate in the 2018 Creative Europe calls for proposals. Kosovo is joining the Culture sub-programme and the cross-sectoral strand of Creative Europe.
The Agreement marks an important step in the implementation of the EU strategy for "A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans". Last week, the Commission presented its proposals to increase the budgets for both Erasmus+ and Creative Europe for 2012-2027.