The Erasmus+ Coalition gathers over 40 European-wide networks and civil society organisations representing the major beneficiaries of Erasmus+ programme at all levels. The idea of the “Erasmusx10” campaign emerged when European political leaders started advocating for a significant uplift of the programme’s budget. The President of the European Commission Juncker himself, during the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, called for a 9-time increase. Juncker declarations follow the political will of a consistent increase of the Erasmus+ budget expressed by several heads of State and government of some Member States such as Belgium, France, Italy. Furthermore, during the Rome Summit on the 60th anniversary of the treaty, EU leaders stressed out the importance of EU biggest achievement in changing the lives of 9 million Europeans through Erasmus+. This clear support and acknowledgement of the programme’s benefit to citizens and Europe at large justifies the need for better financial support to make the programme more accessible and increase its quality. The purpose of the campaign is to mainstream such individual and collective mobilisation, and to raise civil society voices from all parts of Europe to advocate for a more accessible and inclusive Programme.
To widen its access for a truly lifelong learning programme
To develop quality mobility experience and projects
To strengthen its social dimension for better inclusion
To foster effective management
To put forward education as a driver for the Sustainable Development Goals
To empower citizens through education
To support peer learning, capacity building and exchange
To make education and lifelong learning systems truly international
To boost competitiveness and employment
To increase cross-sector and multilevel cooperation
By bringing people out of the comfort zone, Erasmus has positive, transformational effect on EU citizens’ life. Yet by targeting university students Erasmus has benefited the few not the many. Time has comes to turn Erasmus into a force for social mobility and societal empowerment. By mixing Europeans, Erasmus carries the potential to build a new transnational society that value diversity over fear. That’s what Europe should be about.
Erasmus+ should promote internationalisation of schools through pupil's exchange, fostering competence-based curricula which foster 21st century skills and enable cooperation among school education systems from different countries. Teachers should also access mobility experiences and enhance their intercultural competence. Non-for-profit organisations expert in mobility and intercultural learning have a important role to play in this process.
Erasmus should not be a privilege for a few, but a right for all. For it is by creating the opportunities to experience the EU and learn about different countries, cultures and languages that we can keep Bringing Europeans Together: and this is what Erasmus is all about. Because Europe cannot just be taught. It must be lived. That is why we support #Erasmusx10 initiative, and call for the increase of its budget by 10 times!
Education is one of the best ways to spread the need to defend human rights and to foster the development of a sense of civic responsibility among Europeans
In 30 years, more than 3 million Europeans had the chance to study and travel abroad. In 30 years, we built a generation of Europeans. Now, I want for us to go even further. It is essential that this programme covers all sectors, all types of experiences and studies.
Erasmus is a great opportunity to empower young people and to support the importance of intercultural learning. However, we believe there is a need to make Erasmus even more accessible and inclusive. We need to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is able to use Erasmus and benefit from it. That’s why we’re supporting the #Erasmusx10 campaign!
Erasmus+ should become more accessible, also for school-age individuals. We call for more investments in pupil mobility, and for greater involvement of non-for-profit organisations in it. Intercultural learning and sense of European belonging should start at a very young age!
We want the «plus» in the Erasmus+ strengthened – it has to be a true lifelong learning programme! EAEA supports an inclusive and comprehensive programme, where learning has no age.
The Erasmus programme is still not inclusive enough. The people that can benefit the most from it cannot unfortunately participate. More funding and specialised campaigns are needed to include young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Young people are the carrier of European values - today and tomorrow. Erasmus+ provides an important basis for the evolvement of our common aims. Erasmusx10 opens the opportunity to further increase European experiences among all young people from different backgrounds, to facilitate far more participation of young people in our societies, and to increase solidarity among and between generations. Erasmusx10 could also improve the involvement of NGOs and their volunteers in youth work and related areas. Information, counselling and guidance could be enhanced and their number increased. Erasmusx10 is an indispensable step forward to deepen European awareness.
Erasmus is much more than one of the greatest successes of the European Union: it is a life-changing experience that every young person should be able to enjoy. If we want to be serious about the transformation of the European project, let’s make it real for all and multiply by 10 its funding! Everybody wins!
Erasmus+ is the most successful flagship programme of the European Union which has built bridges between the EU Member States, education institutions and learners, changing the lives of millions of citizens. Nevertheless, the programme remains severely underfunded given the huge demand and this limits its potential to build a better future for Europe. We thus call for bigger, better and more inclusive programme which not only benefits individual learners of all ages and backgrounds but also strengthens cooperation and peer learning in the education sector.
Erasmus is one of the Union’s greatest success story. Not just in terms of employability and academic development, but also because it has helped to create a generation of proud, open minded and resilient Europeans. We need now to build on this success to widen access and ensure that more young people can benefit from this opportunity, in particular people in vocational training, vulnerable young people, people outside of formal education, migrants and people with disabilities. For this to be successful we need political will and money. I therefore support the “Erasmus x10” campaign calling for the increasing of the budget of the programme by 10 times in the next financial period.
Empowering young people through mobility and active citizenship contributes to the development of an open and truly European society. More resources on Erasmus + means greater outreach for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of young people as well as improved quality of the projects. That is why I firmly stand for the “Erasmusx10” campaign.”
Every euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in the future — in the future of a young person and of our European idea. I cannot imagine anything more worthy of our investment than these leaders of tomorrow. As we celebrate the 9 millionth person to take part, let’s make sure we are 9 times more ambitious with the future of the Erasmus+ programme.