My name is Jorge Rego, and I'm a young Spanish studying IT at the University of A Coruña. Last year I enjoyed one of the best experiences of my life: my Erasmus in Linz (Austria). So this year I decided to keep the Erasmus spirit as a mentor of two German students that are enjoying their Erasmus in my city. But, unfortunately, today I heard that the Erasmus program is in danger. If money isn't found in the next few months the EU's student exchange program could be shut down. Sign the petition now to help protect Erasmus for young people across Europe.
Since 1987, the Erasmus program has allowed 2.2 million young people in 33 countries to study in other European universities. It is undoubtedly one of the most successful and recognizable UE social programs and the most effective building a common identity among young Europeans.
Erasmus is much more than a scholarship. This program, besides of allowing many students to expand and improve their knowledge as they study at universities in other countries, produces cross-cultural encounters, new relationships, new friends, unique moments... In short, it builds Europe.
But the crisis is also affecting the Erasmus Program. The spokesman of the European Commission´ Budget Department just said very clearly: "The Erasmus program is out of funds." Until this moment of the year the 70% of the scholarships has been paid. But they don’t have the 30% of the funds coming from the different national governments. To prevent total collapse and bankruptcy of this program the Commission has additionally provided an emergency fund of 420 million Euro. But this measure can only fix the problem during a short period.
If we continue down this path, the only students that will enjoy an Erasmus will be those who can afford it, and that if the exchange program survives. In a time when it is more necessary than ever to promote youth employment and social integration,the loss of the Erasmus program will deprive many students of an essential experience for their maturity and education. In addition, the dream of a united European citizenship with common values could be destroyed.
If you want the 'Erasmus spirit’ not disappear, sign this petition and tell clearly to the countries most reluctant to fund it. With your signature, you will send a letter to the European Commission, Parliament and Council asking to ensure the financing of the Erasmus program now and in the future.
Letting young people across the continent continue studying, learning languages, sharing, living and enjoying unforgettable experiences together is up to you.
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