#EPlenary will celebrate ??30 years of #Erasmus at noon CET with 33 alumni. Check out the ceremony ➡ https://t.co/Ff3bNeCSOH pic.twitter.com/bwcEBMGid1 — European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) June 13, 2017
The celebrations in Strasbourg hailed the programme taking in its 9 millionth student since its founding in 1987. Erasmus funding and networking helps university students follow some of their studies in other EU countries outside their homeland.
With the now 28-nation Union reeling from the blow dealt to 60 years of peaceful postwar integration by the unprecedented British decision to quit, the former premier of Luxembourg urged member states to extend funding for the educational programme.
"Erasmus," Juncker said, "is a good response to the stupidity of selfish nationalisms and of turning inwards."