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terça-feira, 13 de junho de 2017
Make Erasmus more inclusive
Today's EU policy news, 13.06.2017, 5PM
The European Union
is celebrating today 30 years of its 'Erasmus' programme. Approximately nine
million young people have already traveled to another EU country and some 1
million 'Erasmus babies' have been born.
But has the project delivered
its political goal to create a European identity?
Erasmus is basically
linked to studying, partying and carefree moments. However, few of these young
people realise what they are de facto getting through: the construction of an EU
identity which will contribute in the long run to the ongoing European
Despite the successes, a number of questions are still
outstanding. How is Erasmus reflected in national elections, considering that
young people increasingly turn to extreme or populist political choices? Then
another question arises: is the programme really accessible to all young people
No. There are still students in Europe who, mainly due to
the economic crisis, cannot afford an Erasmus programme despite the provided EU
funds. There are also students who are working during their studies to make ends
meet and, often, even support their jobless parents.
There is absolutely
no intention to question the most successful EU programme. It’s also realistic
to say that the hope for a better EU future is put on the Erasmus
However, making Erasmus more inclusive will make Europe
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