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Who discovered the paralyzation of the Erasmus grants?

Germán Fernández spoke in lots of means of communication after the Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert, announced that “The Erasmus grants will dissapear from now on”.  After showing this , almost by accident he could not belive it. “It seemed like a joke”. However after knowing that the rumors were true: “I was spoiled my stay abroad ” added German. If the grants dissapered, all the Erasmus students from Spain will have to survive with 0€ till the end of the year. So, as he claims  “I had two options, either stay at home worried , thinking what to do with the Erasmus , or mobilize colleagues to see what could be done” . And obviously that he mobilized the world doing the following:” I was in charge of mobilizing students Erasmus in Italy for November 16 had organized a protest outside the Spanish Embassy in Rome Local newspapers began to call , . . Then the Spanish and then television , foreign correspondents Awesome.”

Germán was the one who sounded the warning about changing the rules for granting aid to erasmus Ministry , which requires that the previous course were general fellows . Anyway, Wert has made clear that the ministerial order that stirred all the student protests , the opposition of the PP CCAA in Brussels and even within government itself remains in effect, and that this correction will be performed based on a extraordinary announcement by amending budgets . But next year things will continue as originally announced :”We are pleased that this year has been a breakthrough for Erasmus in Spain , but next year we will fight for a real Erasmus program” adds German.

His own problem, as he says was the following one: ” The University of Seville made ​​a mistake to charge the amount of my tuition and I made ​​a collection of nearly 200 euros more by mistake. They charged me over 700 euros instead of 500 corresponding me because, being large family payment half of tuition. As I am also of the few who has not yet received support from the European Union, I figure getting to pay – and I had not entered any of the Andalusian Government nor obviously looked to see what happened , ” recounted by Facebook after leaving class that morning.It was then communicated it to his fellow Foggia ( Spaniards are about 60 students) and confirmed that it was true. So they decided to create last Sunday night a group on Facebook , which today has over 8,900 members, to mobilize the rest of Spanish Erasmus students of this course. This group was joined on Sunday night hashtag on Twitter # ErasmusRIP that has been around in Europe and created the petition on

On the one hand, he admits that he came to think that the pressure would have no effect . ” People told me it would be useless . But although the minister had not rectified , I would have felt just as peaceful and satisfied.”German claims that they charged 80 euros each month for ten months of the Ministry will go to “save the Erasmus ” . “It may seem little but when you put together all the aid , the Government , the Board and the EU, allows you to study abroad .” Think that this curriculum is ” a unique opportunity ” to learn of stay in another country , in addition to academic training. ” You realize that you can fend for yourself .”
On the other hand, Germán disagrees with this policy , adding the following: “I know there are sacrifices , but the government will go up slightly the amount for scholarship students That after much of the program’s students run out of aid is not fair . ” .

Finally, so excited and happy for the achievement ,” This rectification is an example of the importance of the Erasmus program not only at national but European level. It has been possible thanks to the support and joint collaboration of thousands of Spanish students and of other countries. As he said in means of communication, ” I did not imagine it would be reduced to $ 0″.

See the following video:


Prado Campos. November 5, 2013. “Germán Fernández, el estudiante erasmus que descubrió por casualidad el recorte de Wert”. Retrieved January 16, 2014 from

Raquel Rivera. November 5, 2013.”Me decían que la presión no serviría”. Retrieved January 16, 2014 from

Raquel Rivera. November 5, 2013. “Germán, el ‘erasmus’ que hizo rectificar a Wert: “Me decían que la presión no serviría”. Retrieved January 16, 2014 from

Elisa Silió. November 4, 2013.Me queda dinero hasta marzo”.Retrieved January 16, 2014 from


This is Erasmus (rubbish)

The European Commission has dismissed Tuesday from ” completely false ” the announcement of the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of the EU could halve heading for Spain Erasmus funds in the period between 2014-2020 and has blamed the Spanish Government any possible cut in the number of university students who has benefited from this exchange program . In fact , the European budget for Erasmus in Spain will increase more than 4% in 2014 and 60% by 2020 , according to Education spokesman said Dennis Abbott, at a press conference . ” The statement by the Spanish minister suggesting that the Erasmus budget will be cut and the number of Erasmus students in Spain are halved by new criteria for EU funding is completely false ,”In addition he said:”The announcement has completely caught us by surprise ,”. The EU executive , as explained, had already announced in October to Spain the amount due by Erasmus in 2014. When he insisted as announced by Wert , Abbott did not hesitate to declare, ” I do not know how to say this more diplomatically That argument is RUBBISH” Dennis Abbott.

Firstly, the minister Jose Ignacio Wert said the other day that Brussels would change the criteria in the allocation of funds for scholarships Erasmus mobility , reducing by half the money it receives Spain for this program. From now funds will be allocated based on the population of each country and not the number of university students.

Secondly, the education spokesman of the European Commission does not know ” where that idea comes from.” The European Commission has categorically denied that the European Union will reduce ” half ” Erasmus grants to Spain , published Monday as the media after the information provided by the Ministry of Education, and Minister Jose Ignacio Wert , now that it announced a cut in the EU, and has been responsible for cataloging as a journalistic misunderstanding  .

Moreover, a misunderstanding have also attributed the Prime Minister , Mariano Rajoy , who has given his ” full and complete support” to the minister and general secretary of the PP , María Dolores de Cospedal – Wert has moved to “all the Popular support ” Party – .However, the PSOE, through its secretary of Oscar Lopez, Rajoy has asked to dismiss “immediately” to the Minister of Education , after the ” reproach ” of the European Commission.” Rubbish ” … or ” nonsense ”

Indeed, the Commission denies that changes in the distribution of funds will cause a shift in the number of scholarships and remember that the overall budget for the period 2014-2020 will increase by 40 %. The new allocation criteria , explained that afternoon the European Commission will take into account the population of each country, as stated by the Ministry, but also tend to reward the institutions that participate in the programs. Both criteria favoring Spain , being the fifth most populous country in the EU and also the country that has sent Erasmus students in past editions . “In 2014 , Spain will receive 124 million euros of the Erasmus program ; the fourth largest item , the fifth most populous country of the EU.” The change in the distribution formula was adopted by the Council in 2011.

Finally,  a spokesperson said a few  weeks ago  that “The Spanish government’s decision should have been announced to students before the start of the university year.”

See the following video


El Confidencial (2013, September 9) Bruselas, también contra Wert: tacha de “basura” su excusa para recortar las Erasmus. Retrieved December 19 2013 from

La Gaceta ( 2013, December 9) La UE: la versión de Wert sobre los recortes en Erasmus ‘es un sinsentido’. Retrieved December 19 2013 from

El País (2012,November 12) “No volveré a decir la palabra ‘basura’ en una rueda de prensa”. Retrieved December 19 2013 from

European Higher Education news (2013, November 20)Eu calls Sapanish claims on new Erasmus funding “rubbish”. Retrieved December 19 2013 from

La  Vanguardia (2013, November 12) Bruselas tilda de “basura” las declaraciones de Wert sobre las becas Erasmus. Retrieved December 19 2013 from

Should we stay quite? ErasmusRip

Erasmus problems have been a main issue in Spain in November 2013. The Education Minister Jose Ignazio Wert wanted to abolish the Erasmus Grants,despite being in the middle of the semester, just because of the supposed lack of money saying the following:”40,000 to 20,000. Such is the reduction in the number of Erasmus students provided by the Ministry of Education for the next academic year. But, as it did with the controversy of last week, the department led by José Ignacio Wert has taken today again, balls out, blaming Brussels for all evils. ” In addition,evidences seem to suggest that every student in the whole world has complaint about this new. Readers can find discussions mainly on Twitter and in Facebook. In fact, thanks to the last one, every reader was shown how works the Spanish goverment. Would someone like to live in this country staying quiet? Make your own decision.

Firstly,, The UE has answered Wert´s  declarations saying the following: “The European Union has given a ‘slap on the wrist’ the Minister of Education to deny his announcement that next year will be cut  Erasmus grants. Brussels has received a bad grade this attempt to José Ignacio Wert by throwing balls out before the change is made in the Community program, and said that in no case will hurt Spain, but eventually it will get more money . Such is the dissatisfaction with Wert that even from the EU have qualified his statement of “junk”.”

Secondly,  The Prime Minister , Mariano Rajoy , has on Tuesday its ” full and complete support” to the Minister of Education, José Ignacio Wert: “After the controversy with the European Commission about scholarships Erasmus , the head of the Spanish has been attributed to a “misunderstanding ” .Adding the following: “A minister who is working to change our educational model in Spain , is making a political extraordinarily brave and has the full support of the party that supports the Government ” has settled Cospedal told reporters in Brussels, where it participates in the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party ( EPP) .” For example we have here an example on twitter.

However, apart from the problems caused in Brussels, there was also a displeasure on teenage people. The disscusion took place mainly in twitter. I want to share with all of you some pieces of information related to this topic with the hastag #ErasmusRip. For example, the girl from this tweet was making a review, including the following picture.

Finally, after all disscussions The Prime Minister has said the following: “It is absolutely false that neither the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Jose Ignacio Wert, or any authority of the Ministry have said at any time that they wanted to cut the Erasmus grants.

So after all this, What could teenage people do? Should we stay quite?

Come on and take your own decision.


ProfesorGeoHistoria (2013)Bruselas califica de “basura el comunicado de Wert sobre los cambios en las becas Erasmus. Retrieved 19/11/13 from

Paula Díaz (2013)Wert anuncia un nuevo recorte europeo en las becas Erasmus. Retrieved 19/11/13 from

El Huffington Post/Agencias (2013) Rajoy muestra su “total apoyo” a Wert tras el “malentendido” con la UE por las becas Erasmus.Retrieved 19/11/13 from

Público (2013) El último encuentro de Wert en cinco cortes de audio.Retrieved 19/11/13 from