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Plenary speech on the new Erasmus+ Programme

Marietje Schaake (ALDE) - Mr President, international skills for people enrolled in academic and vocational education are becoming increasingly important in order for them to enter into an internationalised job market. The lack of mobility in Europe hurts our solutions to youth unemployment. We believe that in Erasmus Plus the student should be the centre of attention at a time when budgets are being cut and young people are paying a disproportionately high price for the lack of leadership in solving the economic crisis in Europe. It is essential that we get the biggest output for our investments. For the ALDE Group, efficiency and the integration of procedures and spending, as well as inclusion, were key points. Sadly, there was also a bit of a battle in this House to avoid very long wish lists that would water down the proposed impact and efficiency of Erasmus Plus. We must now focus on quality for the estimated four million people who will have the opportunity to take part in exchanges, and hopefully that number will even increase, through the loan guarantee. Yet with the Erasmus Programme’s budget now significantly increased but still taking up only a small 1.5% of the European budget, let us keep in mind that there is a lot more that we can and must do for the younger generation of Europeans looking for opportunity and political leadership.