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Adjusting Erasmus+ and ESC to inflation

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The latest Eurostat data, both in the Eurozone and across Europe as a whole, show that inflation averaged over 11 per cent year-on-year, with peaks that some countries had not seen in the last 40 years. Only three years ago, the European average was below 0.5%.

This increase in the cost of living that affects all European countries also has an impact on the youth activities that thousands of organisations carry out.

Indeed, while the cost of living continues to rise, public subsidies, both national and European, for youth activities and initiatives have remained essentially unchanged over the last three years, since the new European programming cycle began.

We ask the Commission and the European Parliament to make a clear political choice, recognising the strategic social, educational and cultural value of youth programmes and promoting the educational mobility of young people and those who work with young people, by including automatic mechanisms for adjusting to inflation.

The lack of these adjustments has a very serious impact on youth activities: in very concrete terms, to give an example related to the activities of the European Solidarity Corps, the contribution given for volunteers' activities or for their pocket money, if it used to be sufficient for one month, is now on average only sufficient for 24-25 days of each month.

In practice, European-funded youth activities are becoming increasingly difficult to sustain in economic terms, with the risk that the number of beneficiaries, the number of activities and the social impact of programmes such as Erasmus+ and ESC will be reduced.

There is another risk, perhaps even more serious. And that is that, faced with contributions for activities that are increasingly reduced in proportion to the cost of living, only those who are in good financial shape will be able to benefit from these programmes. If this is the case, paradoxically, programmes that were created to overcome social barriers and encourage participation by all will turn into instruments of economic discrimination.

We trust in the sensitivity and commitment of the European institutions, so that the support for programmes made with young people and for young people is maintained. These are programmes that, in their various modulations over the past decades, have marked the history of the whole of Europe and not only of the youth movement.

Petition promoted by:

Associazione InformaGiovani - Italy

Ambitia - Slovenia

Asociatia Divers - Romania

Aventura Marao Clube - Portugal

Estyes - Estonia

Fundación FICAT - Catalunya, Spain

I Girasoli - Italy

La Rotllana - Catalunya, Spain

PI Genclik Dernegi - Turkey

Radi Vidi Pats - Latvia

Regionalne Centrum Wolontariatu Kielce - Poland

SEEDS - Iceland

Service Volontaire International - Belgium

SPPMD Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency - North Macedonia

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The latest official data on inflation in Europe are available on the Eurostat website at https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat.

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Pour continuer de permettre aux jeunes de participer à de beaux projets européens source d'ouverture multiculturelle, linguistique, sociale, professionnelle et bien plus encore !

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I used the benefits of Erasmus + program and I think it is an amazing opportunity for every young student to develop multicultural, language, social and communication skills.

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Pour continuer à proposer de beaux projets européens et un accueil de qualité

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Ee need to ajust budget to the travel costs, and travel cost got increased

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Les programmes européens de soutien à la jeunesse sont des portes ouvertes sur la rencontre, la tolérance, la reconnaissance des différences comme des richesses. Ce sont des programmes indispensables pour construire une société européenne où il fait bon vivre, où les gens s'entraident, quelle que soit leur nationalité, leur langue, leur religion;
À titre personnel, c'est un échange européen qui a changé ma vie, m'a aidé à prendre des décisions engageantes et m'ont permis de rencontrer des gens et de m'engager dans des collectifs qui changent le monde !

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