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terça-feira, 13 de junho de 2017

Make Erasmus more inclusive


Today's EU policy news, 13.06.2017, 5PM

BY SARANTIS MICHALOPOULOS
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 integration.

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 across Europe?

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 generation.

However, making Erasmus more inclusive will make Europe better.

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