Erasmus+: young people play crucial role in times of crisis
March 23, 2016
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met with alumni of the Erasmus+ programme from around the world, on Thursday 17 March 2016, to discuss priorities for the EU’s Global Strategy for foreign and security policy. Mogherini – an Erasmus alumna herself – explained that the new Strategy “will focus on ‘human security’ in times of great uncertainty and change: it will address traditional security issues but also development, human mobility, climate change and human rights”, she was quoted as saying in an EU press release.
The discussion touched upon a broad range of issues, from the Union’s relations with the United States, to the enlargement process and the refugee crisis. On migration, Mogherini commented that we live in times of unprecedented human mobility worldwide: “This is the new normal, and people like you understand it very well. If you try to stop water by building a wall, water will find another way. We need to find new solutions, European solutions.” High Representative Mogherini also highlighted the “crucial role of young people like the Erasmus generation in building a foundation for mutual trust and cooperation in times of crisis”.