• SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

ERASMUS+ provides more opportunities for students all over Europe



Shoot Date

19 Nov 2013

Shoot Location

Strasbourg; Strasbourg University; Eston, France

Production Company

European Parliament

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FRANCE, STRASBOURG (OCTOBER 24, 2012) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF STRASBOURG UNIVERSITY (EXTERIOR) 2. GERARD SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "Well obviously I understand that it is a very difficult time in Europe, my own country has received the bailout and cuts have to be made. However, I feel that the Erasmus programme is a programme that fosters common understanding amongst European nations and fosters a sense of European community and those are two things that we really need in Europe at the moment." 3. CUTAWAY: STUDENTS IN FRONT OF THE STRASBOURG UNIVERSITY 4. CHRISTINA SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "I don't think I would be able to study here for the entire year without the Erasmus grant, and I know there is a lot of people who wouldn't be able to do that either so unfortunately it would be a big disadvantage if it got cut." FRANCE, STRASBOURG (NOVEMBER 19, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 5. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 6. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE VOTE ON ERASMUS 7. KATARINA NEVEDALOVA (S&D MEP, SK) SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "We can say that the simplification is helping people to understand that there is only one programme and not seven. We also need to stress that the Erasmus + isn't only for the university students but also for all generations. It is from the kindergarten to university and also for learning programmes. So now everybody knows that there is only one programme. There is also another very important thing us: the increase of the budget, and of course the social dimension of this new programme: we help to include all the social and disadvantaged groups and people with fewer opportunities, they are now all included in the new programme. And also the increase of the number of people that could participate, it has raised over 4 millions. If we compare it to the existing one well for 26 years the Erasmus programme was helping 3 million people in universities, now for the seven coming years we are planning another 2 million people so it is quite a clear higher number. And this means that more people can participate and we hope that we can help more people in Europe. " 8. CUTAWAY: CLOSE-UP ON KATARINA NEVEDALOVA'EYES WHILE TALKING TO A JOURNALIST 9. KATARINA NEVEDALOVA (S&D MEP, SK) SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "It is very important because according to the Lisbon Treaty, Europe has the responsibility in the sport policy, and this is the first time in history. This is a very small part of the budget but it is the first budget for sport and it is actually the first time we can improve sport facilities and sport cooperation in the European Union. But this is only for amateurs' sports, not for big events. So we want to support the amateurs and people in small grassroots sports to be raised up." 10. CUTAWAY: CLOSE-UP ON KATARINA NEVEDALOVA'EYES WHILE TALKING TO A JOURNALIST SPAIN, SALAMANCA (01 JUNE 2009) (TV NEWSROOM - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF STUDENT EXCHANGES IN UNIVERSITIES ESTONIA, POLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND (13 MARCH 2012) (EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AUDIOVISUAL - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF STERASMUS DOCUNETATION AND STUDENT TALKING ABOUT ERASMUS PROGRAMME TO A ORIENTATOR Story The European Socialists and Democrats today in Strasbourg welcomed the adoption of a new multi-annual programme: Erasmus+. The new umbrella programme covers separate activities on education and training, youth and sport and brings together the former life-long learning programme, Youth in Action and five international co-operation programmes. The aim is to improve efficiency and accessibility, simplify application rules and procedures, and avoid fragmentation and duplication. S&D MEP and European Parliament shadow rapporteur Katarína Neveďalová said: "With the vote today, we have given millions of students, young people, teachers and other staff the chance to benefit from wider travel opportunities, nationally and internationally. "Our biggest ambition was to create a specific focus on youth, with a clear separate budget line. We managed to allocate 10% of the budget for various projects for young people, promoting non-formal education, youth work and supporting the youth sector. "The new programme will have a stronger social dimension by improving the education and training opportunities for young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds, and from vulnerable groups. Moreover, the European Parliament won the battle to keep the established and well-known names of the programmes, helping to ensure that the scheme remains user-friendly. "Despite plenty of rumours spreading misleading information about students getting into debt, the European Parliament supported the Student Loan Guarantee Facility. The facility will never be a substitute for grants available at local, national or European level. We managed to set relevant guarantees and safeguards for students, including a reduced interest rate, a possible 'payment holiday' period of up to 24 months and an option for interest deferral. "The Socialists and Democrats also fought for administrative support for non-governmental organisations in the education sector and youth work, which can be seen as one of the S&D Group's most significant achievements."
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