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The European Union : A Legacy Of Peace And Growth

  • The European Union (EU) is an institution with a rich history, founded in the aftermath of World War II, and has since grown into a global economic powerhouse. Its origins can be traced back to a modest group of six nations: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
  • In the early 21st century, the EU expanded its reach, encompassing not only Western Europe but also Central and Eastern Europe. Presently, it boasts a diverse membership of 27 countries, with an additional 19 nations joining its ranks. These include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. The EU, bound by a series of treaties, has become a cornerstone of cooperation and a symbol of enduring peace.
  • The Erasmus Programme, initiated in 1987, is a student exchange initiative supported by the European Union. Its latest incarnation, Erasmus+, launched in January 2014, unifies the EU's various education, training, youth, and sport initiatives.
  • Erasmus+ is carefully designed to foster lifelong learning, promoting the educational, professional, and personal growth of individuals across Europe and beyond. It plays a pivotal role in promoting sustainable economic growth, creating high-quality job opportunities, enhancing social cohesion, fostering innovation, and strengthening the sense of European identity and active citizenship. This program serves as a crucial instrument in shaping a European Education Area, facilitating the implementation of European strategic cooperation in education and training, and contributing to sector-specific agendas. Additionally, it plays a significant role in advancing youth policy cooperation within the framework of the European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and bolstering the European dimension in sports.

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