EP vote on Erasmus for all : - extracts from the vote - statement by Doris PACK (EPP, DE), rapporteur EP Committee on Culture and Education

Type: News   Reference: 88796   Duration: 00:04:05  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 27/11/2012   First transmission: 27/11/2012
MEPs debated and voted on the new Programme "Erasmus for All", proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport. if the member states will agree, it would start in 2014 and would significantly increase the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus for All is based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people's potential, regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects. Erasmus for All would bring together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing seven existing programmes with one. This will increase efficiency, make it easier to apply for grants, as well as reducing duplication and fragmentation.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Views in the meeting room during the vote, amendments (4 shots) 00:00:20
00:00:30 SOUNDBITE (English) Doris PACK (EPP, DE), rapporteur "We are voting on a new program mission on Erasmus, which mean this is Erasmus For students in it's communions for schools. It is good for elderly people, Leonardo for training; occasional training, it is used and it is sport. It is a programme which had from the early beginning far title, this title was given by the Commission and they said Erasmus for all, as you have seen now there are much more things inside the old Erasmus programme and we have named this programme with another name which will be the name "Yes Europe", I think this is looking into the future; that is what young generations need. We have in this programme also changed the fact that the Commission did not have different chapter for each of these ideas which we had all the time, we have this now once again but we have cross bordering possibilities between the different chapters and we have given an own chapter for use, which was very much demanding, because youth should be seen in itself. " 00:01:05
00:01:35 SOUNDBITE (English) Doris PACK (EPP, DE), rapporteur "People thing Erasmus, they think mobility but this Programme is not only mobility, it is cooperation, it is really working together, therefore I think we managed it in a good way, we took over the good ideas of the Commission and we improved them and we made a better Programme." 00:00:19
00:01:54 SOUNDBITE (English) Doris PACK (EPP, DE), rapporteur "We would be happy to get what the Commission has proposed but as you know the financial question is not solved, so we do not know how much money we will get, but we have put different percentages for each of this content, which means for Erasmus, for Cominius; for Leonardo da Vinci and so on. So I think we have especially also for youth because it was not foreseen, we have also a new part, and it is sport which is for the first time in the budget of the European Union, I think this is a start because since Lisbon Treaty, we have in the Treaty the word sport." 00:00:42
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (English) Doris PACK (EPP, DE), rapporteur "I would be happy if the governments would at least pay what they promised for this and next year, I am very cautious because they did not give the money promised for the Erasmus for this year and for the next year, so I think we have managed to do this and then I would be happy if we can increase the budget as the Commission has foreseen it for the next seven years. If you do not invest in education and Youth we can forget the European Union." 00:00:30
00:03:06 Views in the meeting room during the vote, amendments (10 cutaways) 00:00:51
00:03:57 Final vote results: 27 total; 23 in favour; 1 against; 3 abstentions (3 cutaways) Applause 00:00:08
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