What are States General?

Involve Erasmus students in a process where they can discuss issues of interest for young people in Europe, drawing on their experience of mobility as a key moment for training, their personal development and the development of European citizenship. This is the meaning of the States General of the Erasmus Generation.

The meeting is promoted by the National Agency for Erasmus+ Indire, by Erasmus Student Network Italia and by garagErasmus in collaboration with the Department for European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of European Union, Miur and the European Union itself. The opening of the session took place on the 24th February, in the Sala della Protomoteca in Campidoglio in Rome, as part of this year's celebrations for the 30 years since the birth of Erasmus and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Trattati di Roma. 200 students in 6 groups led by 6 moderators continued their online work in the Garage Erasmus - We tipp platform. Their proposals were included in the Charter of Erasmus Generation, which was handed over to the political authorities on 9th May in Rome.

The Minister Valeria Fedeli, who spoke during the Conference, said "It is a commitment of the government to read and implement what is written in the Charter of the Erasmus Generation. I'd like to thank all those who have contributed in 30 years to the strengthening of Erasmus. I believe it's important to continue down this road and to extend the Erasmus experience increasingly to those students who do not have the financial resources to participate. We must commit ourselves to this at the forthcoming Education Council at European level. We must structure the possibility of doing Erasmus also at high schools - added the Minister - and, just as important especially for the news we have put in place in Italy with the experience of work-related learning, activate professional exchanges within the Erasmus programme. We must work to ensure that when those girls and boys leave for Erasmus they will always be in a safe position and, above all, we must strive to introduce European education and knowledge of the history of Europe into school education".

Click on the following images to read the Charter of Erasmus Generation