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Thursday, 28 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

'Erasmus': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (debate)

  Jill Evans, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Madam President, I am delighted to have played a role in this update of the excellent Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. I congratulate the rapporteur and thank him for his positive and constructive approach. Many thousands of students and young people in Wales, like elsewhere, have benefited from the opportunities that Erasmus offered. Our universities in particular have had the pleasure of hosting young people from across the European Union.

The Commission said we have to have ambition to empower young people. I believe we’ve achieved that here. From the start, one of the priorities of my group, the Greens/EFA Group, was to support the tripling of the budget to meet the target of tripling the number of people taking part, because that is ambition. I believe the new programme will be simpler, more open to all individuals from all education sectors and phases, and will help tackle many of the problems we face.

And finally, if we leave the EU, the loss of Erasmus to Wales would be a huge blow. That is why I am pleased that this report allows for the continued participation of third countries. You can be sure that given the opportunity, Wales will still be an active and enthusiastic partner, and that’s the positive message that I would like to leave with you. Diolch yn fawr iawn. (Google Translate)

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