Europe: do not gamble with the future of Erasmus programme!
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Europe: do not gamble with the future of Erasmus programme!

    1. Petition by

      AEGEE-Europe / European Students' Forum

For millions of students all over Europe, the possibility to become an Erasmus student is in their future plans. For thousands of them, it will be this year. They have already arranged everything to study abroad this year, and they are ready for an experience that will enrich both their curriculum and their personality. Moreover, Erasmus is the best tool of the European Union to create a truly European Identity, which in the face of rising nationalism is more needed than ever. The uncertainty around the funding might cause some of these young Europeans to cancel their participation and miss this amazing experience. Therefore, we demand that the European Commission and the bodies responsible for the funding issue a clear message confirming that the grants for the Erasmus Programme are guaranteed not only for the whole 2012/2013 academic year, but for the upcoming years as well. Any reduction in the funding will increase inequality among young people, and could make Erasmus a privilege of wealthy students instead of a right for everyone. Only adequate funding can develop the programme into a real Erasmus for All, which after all is the name of the Commission’s proposal for the years 2014-2020. AEGEE demands an increase in the number of mobility grants and an ambitious future funding for these programmes to make sure that every year students can reinforce their European identity by studying abroad.

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    • katelyn surprenant SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      studied abroad, loved erasmus, helped me meet more people and travel safely!

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    • Denis Cariat MONT-SUR-MARCHIENNE, BELGIUM
      • over 1 year ago

      I am currently in Erasmus in Iceland... In short, it is simply my best experience ever..I have increased my culture awareness, and learned how Belgium is seen abroad. I've learned how different we are worldwide and how we can learn from each other. Today's society is deeply multicultural and canceling the Erasmus Programme is totally nonsense in that context. Erasmus is also the chance to learn and live another language

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    • Vijay Nair UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm on one now, and it is honestly quite deeply saddening to think that the option to spend a year abroad might be under threat. It can be alienating and frustrating, but it is also one of the most rewarding and potentially transformative things you will ever do. It is a great way to build a pan-European community, and I say that having only spent two months of it and experienced it first hand. It'd be a shame to give up on all of that.

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    • Emily Arrowsmith KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      As an Erasmus student myself I feel it's a great shame to reduce the scheme. Without it I wouldn't have been able to go abroad, which was an invaluable experience for my languages degree.

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    • Seranoush Mikailian LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      ERASMUS is a fantastic way for student all over Europe to become better integrated. The EU is all about integration and what better way than to provide the student of Europe with an European education. It's not only about the benefits of learning another language, it's about learning of different cultures to promote and celebrate the differences in our vast European culture. Education of this kind promotes tolerance and understanding of others, I really believe ERASMUS is vital to students and to the future of Europe.

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