#Erasmus500 supporters Open Letter I We come to you today with a simple request: we ask you to be champions for an Erasmus+ programme
Gianluca Rossino, Policy Officer for European Citizenship at AEGEE, tells us about the importance of equal opportunities for all young people across Europe.
ErasmusDays are kicking off tomorrow to offer many opportunities to all European citizens who cherish Erasmus+.
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We already know that youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to go on exchange. Considering the current times, now it’s even more probable for them to be reluctant to apply. Through #Erasmus500, we ask for a more inclusive Erasmus+ programme.
Last Thursday, September 3rd 2020, Members of the European Parliament and high-level speakers from Higher Education talked about the future of Erasmus+, one of the flagship programmes of the European Union.
During this virtual Erasmus Salon, Members of the European Parliament will express their opinions on the ongoing MFF negotiations and Erasmus+. We will look at the inclusiveness of the current and future Erasmus programme
International relations officers are on the front line of the management of Erasmus+ mobilities.
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“About 63% of students in Slovakia feel like they cannot go abroad on mobility, like Erasmus, because they cannot afford it. It is because of this that I want to support the initiative Erasmus500 and guarantee a minimum of 500€ for each student going on Erasmus in the future in the next EU budget. This way, we would open this experience up to all, including those from a socially disadvantaged environment.”
“I am convinced that the young generation is not only the future, but as well the present of the European Union, that is why we need to encourage and to stand next to them. Erasmus 500 program is a simple, fair and transparent proposal that aims at creating equal opportunities for the under-represented groups in international mobility that is why I strongly support it.”
“The path for a future and truly European generation starts with the Erasmus project. Putting any student in the condition to participate in this program is essential to allow citizens from all backgrounds to take part in the project.”
“Thanks to the Erasmus programme tens of thousands of students have already had the opportunity to travel abroad and study at partner universities. Unfortunately, for many, the social situation does not allow them to cover all the costs associated with travel and stay.”
Erasmus+ contributes a lot to making Europe a better place, and happy, fulfilled European citizens can contribute to making the rest of the world a better place, too. So, let’s fight for Erasmus+, getting better and better!”
“Being European means having equal opportunities for all regardless of their backgrounds. Financial barriers should not be dictating someone’s future in 21st century Europe, and it is on us now to make sure that everyone has the possibility to receive an international education […].”
“I support making Erasmus more inclusive and accessible to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. This is an important goal for the future of Europe!”