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Erasmus+, the European Union's biggest programme for education, training, youth and sport, was launched in 2014, and will last until 2020 and in this seven-year-period, over a billion kuna (approximately EUR 132 million) will be put at Croatia's disposal, assistant head of the Croatian Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, Ivana Puljiz has told Hina. 

With a budget of over EUR 2 billion in its initial year, Erasmus+ covers 33 countries, including 28 European Union member-states.

Puljiz recalled that Croatia had participated in programmes that preceded Erasmus+.

Also in 2014, the initial year of the latest programme, 14 million euros were made available to Croatia, and in 2016 the sum has risen to over EUR 16.5 million, according to Puljiz.

The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes is the national agency responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme in Croatia. 

Puljiz said that funds from Erazmus+ were primarily intended for the development of human potential.

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of EUR 14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas. Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad, according to an explanation provided by the European Commission on its web site.

Puljiz has told Hina that in 2014, some 6,900 individual participants from Croatia, including volunteers, students, teachers, lecturers and professors used the opportunities for mobility and participation in Erasmus+ projects, according to EC data.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)

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