“It Is a True European Success Story” - Erasmus+ Marks Its 35th Anniversary
Sep 21, 2022
Erasmus+ program has celebrated its 35th anniversary on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, with an event to honor the achievements of the EU’s program since its creation in 1987.
Ahead of the event, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, described Erasmus+ as “a true European success story,” adding that numbers speak for themselves as every year more than 600,000 Europeans benefit from the opportunities the program offers.
“Since its creation in 1987, Erasmus+ raises new generations of educated, trained, committed Europeans, connected beyond borders. And that truly is a reason to celebrate,” Gabriel stressed.
In a media release published on September 19, the EU Commission said that Commissioner Gabriel would meet 35 current and former Erasmus+ participants, as well as representatives of the program’s founding team, each of them sharing their personal experiences and discussing Erasmus+ achievements and challenges.
The Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, also called Erasmus+ is an old success story that has offered life-changing opportunities to millions of people for 35 years.
“I could not think of a better and more compelling example of what “European way of life” concretely means. I look forward to exchanging with the participants about their experiences and with the programme founders who planted the seeds for this great programme more than three decades ago,” Schinas said.
In the first year of its creation, countries that participated in Erasmus+ were Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. That year, only 3,244 students studied in another country through the program.
Over the years, the program has seen changes, as it has been modernized, expanded, and opened up to other countries that weren’t part of it in its first days. So far, Erasmus+ has involved 13 million people
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Erasmus+ is an EU program created to support European education, training, youth, and sport. For the 2021-2027, the Erasmus+ program has a budget of €26.2 billion, compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020.
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