The European Commission launched today the campaign marking the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, called Erasmus+ since 2014 because it benefits more people through a wider range of opportunities.
Events will take place throughout 2017 at European, national and local levels to highlight the positive impact of Erasmus both on individuals and society as a whole, and to give all those involved the opportunity to debate how the programme should evolve in the future.
Over the past 30 years, Erasmus+ and its predecessors have supported not only more than 5 million students, apprentices and volunteers, but also staff and youth exchanges, amounting to 9 million people in total.
The current seven year programme (2014-2020) has a budget of €14.7 billion - a 40% increase compared to previous spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to invest in Europe's youth.
The Commission also issued today its yearly report on Erasmus+ which shows that in 2015, Erasmus+ enabled 678,000 Europeans to study, train, work and volunteer abroad, more than ever before. In the same year, the EU invested €2.1 billion in over 19,600 projects involving 69,000 organisations. Results also show that the programme is well on track to meet its target of supporting 4 million people between 2014 and 2020.
More information: ec.europa.eu