EDUCATION: ERASMUS, FUNDS TO LET 4 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE STUDY ABROAD” “” “

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs; Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister; Jakub Chrenowicz, conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Podlachie (Poland): four Europeans sharing a common trait, having taken part in the Erasmus programme for overseas studies. Since it was created in 1987, Erasmus has let hundreds of thousands of young people study a few months in a foreign country, thus increasing the "mobility of knowledge", exchanges in the area of education (the programme is open to teachers as well), the knowledge of languages. In the first year, 3 thousand students from 11 countries took part in Erasmus; now, they are approximately 250 thousand a year, from the 28 EU member states plus Switzerland, Iceland, Turkey, Norway and Liechtenstein. From next year, Erasmus will be replaced by "Erasmus for All", a broader programme that will include more transnational educational initiatives supported by EU funds, with an allocation of about 14.5 billion euros over 7 years (from the long-term budget for 2014-20202), which is 40% more than the current allocation. Such figures are contained in a file, which will be presented in Brussels on 8th July by the Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou. 4 million young people should benefit from "Erasmus for All" by 2020.

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