In March 2017, the Public Policy and Management Institute and Youth Policy Labs completed the feasibility study on Erasmus+ virtual exchanges (EVE) which was commissioned by the Commission.
The study found that EVE can become a resounding success provided that the initiative is delivered with the appropriate tools, objectives and resources. If the right conditions are met, EVE is expected to create an engaging and safe online community for young people to meet and exchange with the support of facilitators. Such exchanges would increase their intercultural awareness and develop their competences through non-formal education and informal learning.
In the framework of Erasmus+, the EVE initiative will begin with a two-year pilot phase to test and assess the scheme. Virtual exchanges will be organised between young people and educators from EU and the South Mediterranean region. The pilot phase will be launched through a call for tender in summer 2017. On the basis of the results of the pilot phase, a decision on whether to scale up the scheme will be taken.