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Updated on 12 April 2019 - 15:30

The below statement issued by UK Government was published on 8 April 2019. As you will be aware further discussions have taken place between the UK and the EU, and a longer extension to the UK’s departure from the EU has been secured. The UK National Agency is working closely with the Department for Education and further information regarding what this means for the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes will be published shortly. In the meantime all existing projects that have a contract to deliver funded activities are advised to continue to do so.

Moreover, organisations intending to submit applications for funding in respect of the 2019 Call for Proposals should also continue as planned.

Updated on 8 April 2019 - 15:30

This statement has been issued by UK Government.

Extension to Article 50

The Prime Minister has written to President Tusk to request an extension to the Article 50 period. 

The Government’s aim continues to be to leave the EU in an orderly way, without undue delay, and that means leaving with a deal. So the Government has proposed that the extension should be as short as possible, ending when we have passed and ratified a deal. This period should end at the very latest on 30 June 2019.

In the meantime, the Government continues to prepare for a range of eventualities, including no deal. 

Upcoming applications - 2019 Call for Proposals

The Government recommends that applications are submitted as normal for the upcoming deadlines for funding in respect of the 2019 Call for Proposals, for both Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.

Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Programme – Updated Guidance from Government

On 8 April, the Government published updated guidance on Erasmus+ and ESC in the UK if there's no Brexit deal.

The guidance provides information on:

  • Checking your project is eligible to register for the HMG guarantee
  • How to register for the HMG guarantee
  • Making sure your bank account is suitable to receive HMG guarantee payments
  • Making sure you keep relevant records
  • Confirming bilateral and multilateral agreements

The Government Guarantee

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the HMG guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps bids. Successful bids are those that are approved directly by the European Commission or by the National Agency and ratified by the European Commission. This includes projects and participants that are only informed of their success, or who sign a grant agreement, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The HMG guarantee commits to underwrite funding for the entire lifetime of the projects.

The Government will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps projects and is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU. If discussions are unsuccessful, the Government will engage with Member States, other participating countries and key institutions to seek to ensure UK participants can continue with their planned activity. 

If the UK is unable to fully participate in the programmes, UK organisations may wish to consider bilateral arrangements with partner organisations that would enable their projects to continue. The Government will provide funding for projects that were approved by the National Agency (or the European Commission’s Executive Agency) and ratified by the European Commission prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to continue in this form, should it become necessary.

The HMG guarantee covers funding committed to UK organisations. It does not cover funding committed to partners and participants in other Member States and other participating countries. 

For further information, please contact:

This information is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.

For further information you can also read the UK Government's Frequently Asked Questions relating to the guidance (819 KB). This document was last updated on 8 April 2019. Please be aware that this document will be updated.  

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