30 years ago, a joint effort across borders gave birth to the Erasmus and now Erasmus+ Programme and it will be up to collective intelligence to shape its future. The European Commission wants to give the entire Erasmus+ generation of 9 million participants the opportunity to shape the "9 times more ambitious" future programme, as President Juncker phrased it, by expressing their thoughts and ideas through the Erasmus+ Generation Online Meeting Point which will result in a co-created “Declaration”.
By the end of November 2017, we would like the Erasmus+ Generation to come up with a number of concrete proposals on the future of the programme. The proposals will be presented to European decision-makers at the EU event in Brussels planned for 30th November which marks the end of the 30th anniversary campaign. The proposals put forward will be known as the Erasmus+ Generation Declaration. It will serve as the basis for building a stronger, more inclusive and better-tailored post 2020 Erasmus+ Programme.
In order to create the declaration, the discussion forum has been structured around the following six main topics, building on the debates of June 13th at the European Parliament. The last one concerns in particular the international dimension of Erasmus+.

  • Societal challenges (how can the programme better help tackle societal challenges?)
  • Skills gap (how can the programme help foster the acquisition of relevant skills and competences for a fast-evolving society?)
  • Civic engagement (how can the programme better support and promote civic engagement and common EU values?)
  • Inclusion (how can the programme be more inclusive to all social groups?)
  • Accessibility (how can access and participation in the programme be widened and simplified?)
  • The global dimension of Erasmus+ (how can cooperation with the wider world be extended and improved?)

During the months of September and October, the discussion leaders appointed by the European Commission will be in charge of stimulating discussions, challenging the ideas, collecting inputs and drafting the concrete proposals. By the end of November, the discussion leaders will be invited to Brussels to present the proposals on behalf of the Erasmus+ Generation to the EU leaders during a press conference at the above mentioned final event of the Erasmus+ 30th anniversary campaign.
To contribute to the discussions, please visit the Erasmus+ Generation Online Meeting Point dedicate website. Guidelines on how to use it are available here