A Europe of peace among nations has been established. Europe’s younger generations have little consciousness of a Europe at war. For today’s youth, Europe is a land of opportunity, a land, not of peace and security, but of jobs and prosperity.
The Erasmus programme has been one of Europe’s most successful instruments of education and integration. Its structure, range and funding are currently going through another round of development, with a massive budget increase likely.
As the Erasmus programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics told EFE that the scheme “increases the possibilities for young people to enter the labour market” and that it is “one of the greatest achievements of the European Union”.
The European Union is celebrating today 30 years of its 'Erasmus' programme. Approximately 9 million young people have already travelled to another EU country and some 1 million 'Erasmus babies' have been born.
In September 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on promoting youth entrepreneurship. Nearly two years later, MEP Michaela Šojdrova is disappointed with the lack of progress made by the European Commission.
Calls for a more militarised Europe have grown and grown, while the EU Council recently concluded that “Europe must commit additional resources” to defence. But increasing military expenditure is not the way forward, warn Bram Vranken and Laëtitia Sédou.
European media organisations have responded to the sector's crisis by focusing on domestic markets, while online platforms confirm their global vocation. But what if the key to success was more cooperation?
The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel.
Projects promoting gender equality as part of the Erasmus+ programme have a strong positive impact, according to a French study. But the programme’s future commitment to equality is in doubt. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics said the "social attractiveness" of the Erasmus programme needs to be increased and called on the member states to make the right funds available. EURACTIV Spain reports.
The economic crisis brought about a general malaise and Europe was used as a scapegoat, says Italian newspaper La Stampa's Marco Zatterin. However, exchange programmes for media professionals could be the key to revitalising EU reporting.
The Erasmus Student Network has been running a campaign across Europe, supported by French spirits maker Pernod Ricard, with the aim of convincing students to adopt a “responsible” stance towards alcohol when going out to party.
A group of students is running a project revolved around positively communicating the EU. Taking on the populists at their own game, the students are creating and spreading simple, cheeky posts and messages on social media, with a pro-European twist. EURACTIV.com spoke to one of these 'positive populists'.
As Erasmus turns 30, politicians and teachers have called for a massive increase to the programme's funding. Hugely popular and undeniably successful, Erasmus is currently accessible to just 7% of young people. EURACTIV France reports.
The Maltese EU presidency will seek more transparency in the way pharmaceutical companies negotiate with member states on medicines’ pricing, Health Minister Chris Fearne said in an interview with EURACTIV.
A new project aimed at university athletes is due to be launched next year, in an attempt to make Europe more attractive to students and breathe fresh air into public confidence in the European project. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Faced with the shocks that have disrupted the European construct, a number of opinion-makers, former Commissioners, ministers, and parliamentarians have slammed the European 'intellectual disease' which has prevented leaders using common sense to reignite the sense of pride in the EU project - starting with the young generation.
Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.