What started as a student mobility programme in 1987, has grown into something bigger and enriched the lives of more than 9 million direct participants, not to mention the indirect impact it has had on so many others. That’s why in 2014 we combined many programmes into one: Erasmus+.
This platform for European and international mobility and cooperation brings people from different backgrounds together. It provides them with the competences needed to lead independent, fulfilling lives and helps them find their place in our societies and develop a sense of a European identity – an identity that complements our national, regional, local identities.
The 30th Anniversary of Erasmus coincides with another milestone of European integration: the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which promotes an ever-closer union within Europe. Both anniversaries celebrate a common goal: uniting European people.
Widely recognised as the most successful EU programme, Erasmus+ provides us with a concrete example of the positive impact of European integration and international outreach, having enriched the lives of nearly 2 million people from Europe and beyond between 2014 and 2016 alone!
So it seems only right that 2017 will be a year of both celebrating all the things Erasmus+ has achieved so far, but also a year to reflect on the future Europe we can build together!
Throughout 2017, there will be a number of events held all over Europe depicting the story of Erasmus+ and its predecessors over the last 30 years. Celebrations, conferences, debates, dialogues, exhibitions, forums and more will be organised at local, national and European levels. Join us at events near you!