About the Inquiry
The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee launched a short and focused inquiry into Scotland’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme in November 2017. The purpose of the inquiry is to learn more about the opportunities currently available under Erasmus+ and to consider the implications of Scotland no longer participating in the programme after the UK withdraws from the EU.
The Committee held an evidence session with the British Council Scotland, NUS Scotland, YouthLink Scotland, the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland and West Lothian College on 11 January 2018. The Committee agreed to bring the evidence that it had gathered to date together and highlight the Committee's conclusions to the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, as well as other key stakeholders.
On Wednesday 14 March 2018, the Committee published its findings on the future of Erasmus Plus in Scotland after 2020. Amongst the recommendations set out in the report, the Committee calls on the UK Government to keep the Erasmus+ programme. Find out more in the report:
On 12 April 2018 Steve Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union responded to the Committee's report. Read the letter:
On 15 May 2018 Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP, responded to the Committee's report. Read the letter:
On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Committee will debate its report in the Chamber.