On 13 June, the Erasmus+ community gathers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the ‘European Celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of Erasmus+’. This is a core event in the framework of the anniversary celebrations taking place throughout the year at European level and in all the 33 Programme Countries, thanks to the active involvement of the Erasmus+ National Agencies.
For 30 years, Erasmus+ has provided people with the education, new perspectives, labour market skills and other competences which they need in order to lead independent and fulfilling lives. The 9 million (and counting) participants in the programme are the „Erasmus+ Generation” – the budding leaders of today and tomorrow. By actively participating in their communities, the Erasmus+ Generation is helping to make Europe more inclusive and prosperous.
The anniversary event on 13 June features a Plenary Session to celebrate the achievements of the Erasmus+ Programme over 30 years, with the participation of Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission; and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. During the ceremony, the 9 millionth Erasmus+ participant award will be given to 33 representatives of the Erasmus+ generation – one from each Programme Country – whose Erasmus+ experience and achievements have set an example for the younger generations.
The Plenary Session will be followed by Erasmus+ community debates, where participants will give their input to building the future of Erasmus+ post-2020 together.
On the occasion of the European anniversary celebrations, the European Commission will launch two digital initiatives to facilitate dialogue among the Erasmus+ community, bring the programme to the digital era and make it even more inclusive!
- Erasmus+ mobile app: a one-stop app for participants in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and Youth Exchanges to facilitate their access to the Erasmus+ programme and support them in making the best of their Erasmus+ mobility experience. Participants will be able to follow a step-by-step checklist, exchange tips for their stays abroad with their peers and benefit from Online Linguistic Support.
- Erasmus+ Generation Online Meeting Point: a space for the 9 million Erasmus+ participants to have a say on the future of Erasmus+ post 2020. Users can propose topics for discussion, plan events related to them, share and vote for their preferred ideas (including videos and other content) and debate and comment on the suggestions of other Erasmus+ Generation members. The most active contributors can win prizes, such as the chance to present the Erasmus+ Generation’s vision for Erasmus+ at a high-level event later this year.
If you are interested in having an interview with the 33 Erasmus+ participants, EC or EP representatives or the Erasmus+ National Agencies, please drop an email to the Erasmus+ Helpdesk and we’ll make sure to put you in contact with the interviewee that is the most relevant to your audience.
Not familiar with the Erasmus+ 30th anniversary yet? Check out some background information below:
About the 30th anniversary
The 30th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme is a milestone for Europe! Starting as a student mobility programme in 1987, it has grown into something bigger and enriched the lives of more than 9 million direct participants. In 2014, several mobility and education programmes were combined into one: Erasmus+. The impact of Erasmus+ is best told through personal stories and facts and figures about the programme.
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