Today, the final event to celebrate the Erasmus+ 35th anniversary is taking place in Brussels. Since its creation in 1987, Erasmus+ has provided opportunities to study, train, work and volunteer abroad to nearly 13 million people.
Today’s event is the occasion to listen first-hand to experiences from participants, share own impressions, and exchange on the history and the future of the programme. It will be attended by Vice-President for the European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mariya Gabriel, as well as European Parliament Culture Committee Chair, Sabine Verheyen and the Czech Education, Youth and Sport Minister, Vladimír Balaš.
Founders of the programme, beneficiaries, and members of staff working at the national or European level on Erasmus+ will take part in different sessions and workshops dedicated to Erasmus+ priorities, good practices and the history of the programme, among other topics. The event will close with a photo exhibition made by young beneficiaries of the travel pass DiscoverEU and an art performance.
Today’s event is also the occasion to present the 2021 Erasmus+ annual report, providing insights into the impact of the actions introduced. The report shows that in 2021 alone, Erasmus+ supported close to 19,000 projects, with the participation of over 70,000 organisations, providing opportunities to more than 648,000 learners, staff and young people including at least 65,000 persons with fewer opportunities to carry out a mobility activity.
This all-day event, which can be followed also online, follows up on other celebratory activities carried out at European level as well as in countries associated to the programme.