25th anniversary celebrations of the Erasmus Programme were launched at a press conference by the Commissioner responsible for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, Androulla Vassiliou.
She was joined by 66 "Erasmus ambassadors" from the 33 countries participating in the scheme. One student and one staff member have been chosen to represent each country, based on the impact Erasmus has had on their professional and private lives.
During a 1 ½ day launch conference the Erasmus ambassadors discussed the programme's impact and shared their vision for its future while working on an "Erasmus Manifesto", which will be unveiled during the Danish EU Presidency conference on "Celebrating Erasmus 25 years past achievements and future perspectives" in Copenhagen on 9th May 2012. In addition, the Erasmus ambassadors were awarded during a ceremony in Théâtre de Vaudeville for their commitment to the programme by Commissioner Vassiliou and were received by the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.
Please see the pictures, read and listen to the stories of the ambassadors or follow the conference highlights:
Conference programme "Launch of the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme 2012" (Brussels, 30th to 31st January 2012).
Meet the Erasmus ambassadors.
Press conference video.