The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

September 2011

 Issue 38


EP and EU Council at loggerheads
over 2012 budget for education

BRUSSELS - The EU Council and European Parliament (EP) are about to clash over the 2012 budget for education. While the EP's Education and Culture Committee will ask for an increase at its meeting on 4 October, the Council is looking to cut 60 million euro from the EU's Life Long Learning (LLP) budget. Read full article  

ESU calls for Erasmus scheme to go East

BIALYSTOK - The European Students' Union (ESU) strongly supports the Polish EU Presidency in its quest for a widening of the popular Erasmus scheme. Speaking at the ministerial meeting 'Go East, Erasmus!' from the Polish EU Presidency, in Bialystok on 28 September, Allan Päll, ESU's Chairperson said: "Where would Europe be without Erasmus? Read full article 

Budget deficit in Cyprus leads to meltdown of student grants
NICOSIA - Attempts from the Cypriot government to cut its budget deficit will lead to lower student grants. The European Students' Union (ESU) is deeply concerned about the government decision to cut the social transfers by 10 per cent in order to save 200 million euro. ESU strongly supports the protests on 27 September from POFEN, representative body of Cypriot students, against this development. Read full article  
EU's plans for modernising Higher Education horrify European students

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is utterly disappointed that the European Commission's Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education, published 20 September, promotes student debt. Allan Päll, ESU Chairperson, said: "The EU's Executive has failed to send out a clear message about government investments into higher education." Read full article    

Students discuss political situation
in the Middle East
JERUSALEM - Students from all around the world met in Jerusalem for a 6 day program in September to discuss the political situation in the Middle East. Karl Agius and Taina Mosiander from the Social Affairs Committee of the European Students' Union, together with other students and youth were present from Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Germany and Greece. Read full article
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This Month
EP and EU Council at loggerheads over 2012 budget
ESU calls for Erasmus scheme to go East
Budget deficit Cyprus leads to meltdown student grants
EU's plans for modernising Higher Education horrify students

ESU in the media 

University World News. "EUROPE: Erasmus expands to help Arab Spring"

University World News. "EU: Presidency seeks to expand Erasmus"

Jerusalem Post: "EU students sing praises of Israel's protest movement"  


Times Higher Education: "EU is keen to double its funding for Erasmus"  


Euractiv: "Students call for more business involvement in education"  

Upcoming ESU Events


7-13 Nov - ESU Board Meeting 61, Sofia, Bulgaria


24-27 Nov - Consultations Seminar FINST, Liverpool, UK 


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