In the context of Erasmus+, the Republic of North Macedonia holds the status of programme country since 2014, which is the highest participation level of participation, implying equal status with EU member-states.
Interest for participation in Erasmus+ among beneficiary organizations in Macedonia is significantly increased in the course of years, as witnessed by the number of applications submitted, but also in terms of increased budget allocations for the country, the number of projects approved, and the amount of funds awarded. Macedonian organizations are able to cooperate with international partners, to lead innovative projects and to share best practices and offer new opportunities for youth in collaboration with other programme countries on all grounds. In the period 2014-2020, around 35 million EUR are specifically designated for Erasmus+ projects led by organizations from North Macedonia. Only in the period 2014-2017, more than 300 Erasmus+ projects have been approved to organizations from North Macedonia, in total value of around 15 million EUR. In 2019, 6.84 million EUR are specifically designated for organizations from the Republic of North Macedonia, while in 2018 this amount was 5.288 million EUR. Funds allocated for the year 2020 are even higher. Macedonian organizations are also eligible to apply for additional funding (under the so-called centralized actions), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency, while schools enjoy an additional opportunity to apply for school partnerships with other national agencies across Europe. On the other hand, national policies are not conductive to programme and institutional support for adequate participation in compliance with the country’s status of programme country under Erasmus+.
Data used in this document are based on the “Analysis of Macedonian Participation in Decentralized Actions under Erasmus+” developed by Eurothink, which relied on relevant research methodology for collection of necessary data that would provide baseline for development of evidence-based realistic, relevant and attainable recommendations to improve participation of Macedonian organizations in Erasmus+.