An Erasmus for everyone !

What is Universal Erasmus ?

For whom ?

Universal Erasmus, launched by the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), aims to generalize the circulation of young people in Europe in order to deepen democracy

Universal Erasmus in brief

Unemployed young people





High and middle school students


Primary school pupils

Years and semesters of exchanges


Trips abroad


Class trips

How ? 

Why Universal Erasmus ?

After the attacks that hit Paris and Copenhagen in January and February 2015, the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement EGAM sought to reply to the identity and ideological nationalist tensions with a founding initiative. A column was published and signed by 28 school unions and antiracist European organizations with many purposes.

To launch a great European adventure, new, inclusive and egalitarian

Engage in a unifying project to define together new democratic boundaries

To unite populations to build a European society and a European identity  

Why should we go beyond Erasmus + ?

A citizen contribution to the democratic rebuilding of Europe 

Beyond Erasmus +, Universal Erasmus aims to generalize exchanges and circulation for many different age groups of young Europeans. Enabling young people from different age groups to share a collective European experience.

We have the ambition to stop thinking in terms of developments and add-ons to the Erasmus + program in order to turn European mobility into an effective right for everyone. The universal dimension of Universal Erasmus  declares this right a European objective, in order to deepen democracy.

News about Universal Erasmus

An OpEd written by Benjamin Abtan, president of EGAM (European Grassrots Antiracist Movement)

An article written by Stéphane Troussel, president of the Departmental Council of Seine-Saint-Denis

A collective call initiated by Benjamin Abtan, President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement - EGAM, signed by leaders of 98 Student and High-School Student Unions and Youth and Antidiscrimination Organizations 

from 38 countries, 171 Members of Parliament from 32 countries and numerous European civil society and political figures. 


In his speech at la Sorbonne on Europe, on September 26th 2017, Emmanuel Macron endorsed the proposition of generalizing the circulation of young Europeans, by sharing an ambition : 

An ambition of the President of the French Republic 

« By 2024, half of an age group must have spent at least six months in another European country before reaching 25. »

Therefore, Universal Erasmus, the final purpose of which is the inclusion of a whole age groupe, is now one of France objectives.

Universal Erasmus, for whom ?

This OpEd was published in 2015 by many European newspapers : 

Le Monde (France), Huffington Post (France), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Die Tageszeitung (Germany), La Libre Belgique (Belgium), Politika (Poland), El Mundo (Spain), Kathimerini (Greece), L’Expresso (Portugal), Het Parool (Deutschland), Utrinski Vesnik (Macedonia)…

It was signed by 50 actors from European youth : high school unions, students, youth and antiracist organizations from 28 countries.

An initiative from European youth : 

by young people, for young people

To put youth back at the heart of the European project

An educational and civic support will complete this circulation of collective perspectives resting on democratic values,  involving the rejection of racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia and discriminations. 

To provide equal access to international circulation in Europe, providing it more particularly to those who are the most excluded, for social, racial or territorial reasons. 

To make self-construction possible through the encounter with someone else,

making Universal Erasmus an effective right and a concrete life experience. 

The circulation of young people is crucial for their education, to strengthen the relations between Europeans and the citizen adhesion to shared institutions and future. 

A whole generation in a common project


Young people having a concrete European experience


A European identity with the youth


Let's come together to make Universal Erasmus a reality

To combine forces...

In the spirit of the 2015 OpEd, our vocation is to gather all the actors involved in the promotion and the defense of European circulation. 

National and European civil society : youth and educational organizations, antiracist and human rights organizations... 

National and European Parliamentarians, in particular through the Elie Wiesel network

...to weigh into the debate

Within a few weeks, the issue of the enlargement of Erasmus will be on the agenda of the public bodies.  

Negociations concerning the European Union next multiannual financial framework begin in May 

Conference on the Bologna Process in Paris on May 24th and 25th 2018 

EGAM and the Elie Wiesel Network of Parliamentarians, reference European networks

Founded in 2010, the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement is the largest network of human rights organizations in Europe

EGAM gathers every year hundreds of organizations in more than thirty-five countries throughout the continent, for institutional and grassroot actions. It is also made of networks of intellectuals, artists, journalists and political leaders at the national and local scale.  

EGAM is officially recognized by the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe and the OSCE.


Founded in 2016, the Elie Wiesel network is the largest network of European Parliamentarians.

It consists of more than four hundred members, coming from different political horizons, from twenty-five national parliaments and from the European Parliament, involved in the defense of human rights and the prevention of massive crimes.

An initiative carried out by  Benjamin Abtan, president of EGAM

Benjamin Abtan is the founder and the president of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM, the founder and the coordinator of the Elie Wiesel Network.

He has been the political advisor of Bernard Kouchner, minister of Foreign affairs of France and the founder of Doctors Without Borders and of Doctors of the World, and of Christiane Taubira, minister of Justice of France. He has been the advisor for international affairs of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the main French public financial institution, in order to build notably the Long Term Investors Club. He has also been the advisor of several French luxury houses for their institutional affairs. He has been very involved in civil society, as a member of the Board of SOS Racisme, the co-founder of the « Save Darfur » coalition, the president of the French Union of Jewish students. He teaches Genocide studies at various international universities. He holds engineering, international business and genocide studies degrees, respectively from French top-tier universities Télécom Paris and ESSEC, and from Stockton university (USA).

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