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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

35th anniversary of Erasmus+ Closing event

14 December 2022
The Egg, Brussels (Hybrid format)

Who the event was for

Guests from all sectors who have benefited from Erasmus+ were welcome to take part.

The event featured speakers from benefiting organisations, individual participants of Erasmus+, national agencies and founders of the Erasmus+ programme.

Catch up on the event

Watch the event recordings

See the agenda

Morning session


Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 - 11:00

Opening speech
  • European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
  • European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
High-level panel
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Vladimír Balaš, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
  • Sabine Verheyen, Member of the European Parliament
  • Tatjana Brabauskiene, European Economic and Social Committee member
  • Tanya Hristova, Chair of SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of Regions

Moderator: Themis Christophidou, Director-General DG Education and Culture, European Commission

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

Panel discussion
  • Alan Smith, Programme Founder & first Director of the Erasmus Bureau
  • Antonija Gladovic, Director of the National Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, Croatia
  • Nahia Martin, Erasmus+ School pupil, IES Botikazar Bilbao
  • Romain Fermon, International School Sport Federation, Director of Marketing and Communications

Moderator: Anna Gumbau

12:30 - 14:00

Standing lunch

Afternoon session

14:00 - 15:15

Eight parallel sessions
  • Origins of Erasmus+
  • A life journey with Erasmus+ : from nursery to maturity
  • #BeActive: what’s new in the field of sport?
  • How to communicate your Erasmus+ project: tell you story, make an impact!
  • Can we make learning mobility a reality for everyone?
  • Erasmus+ and the European Year of Youth 2022
  • Erasmus+ Goes Global
  • Promoting participation in Erasmus+ higher education mobility for everyone

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 17:00

Four parallel discussions
  • How to Design Participatory Projects?
  • Making Erasmus+ more inclusive and diverse
  • Digital transformation through Erasmus+: behind the scene
  • Erasmus+ and the green transition

Closing of the conference part

17:00 - 18:00

Closing panel discussion
  • Ute Haller-Block, Head of Unit Erasmus+ Coordination Unit at DG Education and Culture, European Commission
  • Koen Lambert, Director of JINT National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth for the Flemish Community in Belgium
  • Sophie Beernaerts, Head of Department Erasmus+ at the EACEA Executive Agency
  • Juan Rayón González, President of the Erasmus Student Network
  • Markus Kraushofer, Head Teacher at the Bernoulli Gymnasium, Austria

Moderator: Anna Gumbau

Closing remarks

Themis Christophidou, Director-General DG Education and Culture, European Commission


18:00 - 20:00

  • Cocktail and dinner
  • Opening of the photography exhibition “DiscoverEU”: Themis Christophidou, Director-General DG Education and Culture, European Commission

20:00 - 21:15

Theater play “The Desire of Youth” by Escena Erasmus

About the anniversary