Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President responsible for promoting the European way of life, and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will meet with current and former Erasmus participants on Tuesday 20 September 2022. This exchange will allow participants to share their personal experiences and discuss the EU’s achievements and future challenges.
The Erasmus+ programme has undergone substantial changes over the years. Starting with only 3,000 university students, the programme now offers opportunities for cooperation and mobility in school education for students and teachers, in vocational education and training, in higher education and adult education, as well as projects for apprentices, youth, youth workers and even (from 2023) sports coaches. In 2014, the name became Erasmus+ to mark the expansion of the programme to all areas of education as well as youth and sport.
The challenges have turned into opportunities as Erasmus+ has been adapted to respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic by simplifying rules and procedures to better account for mobility. Following the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Erasmus+ programme ensured the greatest possible flexibility in the implementation of projects to provide support to Ukrainian learners and educational staff.
The current 2021-2027 edition of Erasmus+ marks the integration of DiscoverEU into the programme. With this change and thanks to the exceptional funding granted as part of the 2022 European Year of Youth, 70,000 travel tickets are available in 2022.
Source: Celebrating 35 years of the Erasmus programme