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Statement of the Erasmus Student Network concerning the current discussion about the funding of the Erasmus programme.
October 4th, 2012.
The Erasmus Student Network is worried about the current developments that put in danger the funding of one of most popular and successful EU programmes. The European Commission assured us that payments for students that are currently on exchange are not in danger. If no solution is found, payments for the second part of the academic year 2012/2013 might be in danger. We want to stress that we believe in the rational behaviour of the actors involved in the budget negotiation process.
We do believe, however, that letting things develop up to this point is detrimental for the image of the Erasmus programme. The insecurity created owing to this lack of consent, might cause repercussions for the credibility and brand of the Erasmus programme. In difficult times, the EU has the chance to present itself as a rational actor and an anchor of stability.
Thus, we urge all actors involved in the budget making process to solve this situation as quickly as possible and assure future exchange students that their financial support is guaranteed.
Erasmus Student Network