Zam­mit Dimech raises Eras­mus+ is­sues faced by stu­dents in his maiden speech as an MEP

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

“Whereas the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme has been a suc­cess story, it is now time to tackle prob­lems still be­ing faced by stu­dents, young peo­ple and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.” PN MEP Fran­cis Zam­mit Dimech made these re­marks dur­ing his maiden speech dur­ing a ple­nary ses­sion at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in Stras­bourg.

Zam­mit Dimech ar­gued that bu­reau­cracy for ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, de­lays in pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and lack of recog­ni­tion of stud­ies com­pleted dur­ing the Eras­mus ex­pe­ri­ence were some of the is­sues which were still be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced af­ter 30 years of Eras­mus+. Zam­mit Dimech added that there was still lack of aware­ness on how to ac­cess such fund­ing.

Zam­mit Dimech re­called that whereas the 30th an­niver­sary of the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme was an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the suc­cess of the pro­gramme, one had to also re­flect on such is­sues which shackle ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Over the past days Zam­mit Dimech was in touch with stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing stu­dents and young peo­ple who voiced dif­fi­cul­ties they en­coun­tered when ap­ply­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme. Zam­mit Dimech said that is was now time to ad­dress such is­sues.

Zam­mit Dimech said that the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme was an im­por­tant tool to strengthen the Euro­pean iden­tity, en­cour­age vol­un­tary work, mod­ernise ed­u­ca­tion and of­fer young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­tain the nec­es­sary skills needed by to­mor­row’s work­force. He thus re­it­er­ated the ap­peal made my sev­eral MEPs to in­crease fund­ing for the pro­gramme in or­der to pro­vide young peo­ple and stu­dents with more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

To­day the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment adopted a res­o­lu­tion on the fu­ture of the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme. The res­o­lu­tion was pre­sented by the Cul­ture and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee on which Zam­mit Dimech is also serv­ing as a mem­ber.

On Mon­day Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Pres­i­dent An­to­nio Ta­jani for­mally an­nounced the man­date of the new Mal­tese MEP. Over the past days Zam­mit Dimech held var­i­ous talks and is shortly ex­pected to be as­signed work on re­ports within var­i­ous com­mit­tees.

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