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Thursday, 28 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Marianne Thyssen, Member of the Commission. – Mr President, your debate confirms the success of the Erasmus programme over the last 30 years. Erasmus has become indeed an iconic brand, symbolising the added value of the European integration project for our citizens. It contributes greatly to achieving the objectives of the first principle of the European Pillar, which is about access to education, training and lifelong learning. We agree with you that the programme can be and should be more accessible and inclusive, and this is why co-funding from other funds, such as ESF+, will be possible, also by doubling the budget we intend to triple the number of people participating in a learning experience abroad. Honourable Members of Parliament, this is not a trick. By boosting traditional mobility, by adding new and more flexible mobility formats, by optimising the grant levels, and by providing targeted financial incentives, we estimate that we can reach 12 million people from different backgrounds.

Thank you for this rich discussion and for your support in achieving this goal, also in the name of my colleague, Tibor Navracsics. I’m certain that together we will make this programme bigger and even better than it is today, and that it has the budget to meet this ambition.

To answer the question from Ms Wierinck, I can tell Ms Wierinck, and I will say it in Dutch.

... dat het Erasmus-programma zeker toelaat voor artsen en verpleegkundigen als deel van hun opleiding om een deel van hun studie, maar ook hun stage in een andere lidstaat te doen bij een andere universiteit of opstellingsinstelling die deelneemt aan het Erasmus-programma.

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