Presentation by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones CMG to mark the 35th anniversary of the official launch of the Erasmus programme[*]
Thank you warmly for your invitation as an original founder to participate in this special celebration of the 35th anniversary of the official launch of the Erasmus programme. I look back with pride on the two political breakthroughs we secured in the early days, first in 1976 to launch the EU´s very first Action Programme in educational cooperation, and then in 1987 with the official launch of Erasmus itself.
From the outset, it was clear that Erasmus responded to a long-term need in the EU. Our hopes were that it would prove to be a long-lasting programme. And our dream is being realised. It is a thrill for me to see Erasmus so widely acclaimed by citizens and young people across the continent.
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This article was first published by AIACE’s VOX magazine.
[*] This is an expanded version of the author´s presentation at the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the official launch of the Erasmus programme held in Brussels by the European Commission on 20 September 2022, inspired by the exchanges between Commissioner Gabriel and Vice-President Schinas and 35 Erasmus+ alumni present from all over Europe on that occasion.