Erasmus+ and the future of Europe: A close relationship?

Salon #8

- 18:30 ~ 20:00

With more than four million Europeans having benefitted from some kind of mobility under the Erasmus+ programme over the last three decades, the benefits of spending time abroad for studying or training are well documented: mobile students come back with not only new competences and improved social and language skills, but also with a heightened awareness of common values, a higher tolerance of other cultures, and increased chances of being employed after finishing their studies.

But how is this reflected in a European society where radical movements have sprouted in recent years in both old and new Member States? Why has the largest education and culture programme of the EU not been enough to stop Brexit? What role did young Europeans play in the May elections? In which direction did their vote swing? And more importantly, will they own the challenges and opportunities that loom ahead?

Join the debate to explore the answers to these questions at the Erasmus Salon on October 7th 2019 at Brasserie Tennessee!

Partners & Speakers

This eight Erasmus Salon will be organised in collaboration with EU Events. Four speakers will facilitate the discussions: 

- Harpa Sif Arnarsdottir, European Commission (DG EAC)

- Marcela Válková, Co-founder and treasurer, Volt Belgium

- Kostis Giannidis, President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

- Other speakers to be confirmed

Erasmus Student Network


Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation. Their mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

EU Events

EU Events

As of end 2014, EU Events is the most complete portal on EU-related events with more than 3.000 events featured every year and a massive presence on social media. Consisting of an evergrowing team of volunteers from all over Europe, this not-for-profit organisation is committed to animating the European debate and shortening distances between the Institutions and citizens, between Brussels and the rest of Europe through the events, as a key opportunity to get closer to key decision-makers and experts. This spirit is well expressed in their motto "follow, attend, connect".

European Students’ Union

European Students’ Union

The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 46 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents over 15 million students in Europe.


This event will be hosted at:

Brasserie Tennessee

Brasserie Tennessee
Rue Joseph II 100
1000 Brussels

Tennessee Brussels’ bar welcomes you with pleasure in its bar/brewery to make you spend a pleasant moment of relaxation with family or friends.


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