The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) is an agency that supports Maltese individuals and entities in availing themselves of funding under the various educational programmes provided by the European Commission. As of 2014 EUPA is coordinating the implementation of the funding programme Erasmus+ and of 2017, EUPA is also coordinating the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC).
Education, training and non-formal youth learning are essential to creating jobs and improving Europe's competitiveness. Between 2014 – 2020, Erasmus+ will provide €14.7 billion to strengthen education, training, youth and sport in Europe, allowing more than 4 million young people to gain experience and skills by studying, training or volunteering abroad. The programme will also support over 125,000 institutions and organisations to work with peers in other countries to innovate and modernise teaching practice and youth work. Together they will help ensure that young people and adults get the skills they need to succeed in today's world. Click here for more information about Erasmus+.
The European Solidarity Corps (or, Korp Ewropew ta' Solidarjetà - KETS) is the new European Union initiative that enables young people to show solidarity with communities in their respective country as well as abroad. It adds value to the current Erasmus+ Volunteering programme previously known as EVS, as well as other EU funding programmes.