(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "Erasmus is more important than ever in times of economic hardship and high youth unemployment: the skills and international experience gained by Erasmus students make them more employable and more likely to be mobile on the labour market". Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, commented on the figures relating to the past 25 years of the European programme for cross-border education and outlined the new profile that Erasmus will have from 2014, when its name will change to "Erasmus+". In the past academic year, 250,000 European young people were able to boost their education in another country, which brings to 3 million the number of Erasmus students since the date of its creation in 1987. Besides supporting students in their university studies abroad (usually for six months with a grant of €252 per month, that can be increased by state or regional funding), the Erasmus programme also supports job placements in companies, (over 50,000 young people last year) and teacher training (over 46,000). The top destination remains Spain, followed by France and Germany; Spain is also the country that sends the largest number of students abroad. Vassiliou added: "Looking to the future, the Erasmus+ programme will enable 4 million young people to study, train, teach or volunteer abroad in the next seven years" thanks to the money that will be available under the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework.” “” ” ” “” “” “

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