In a guest commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung from 13 September 2020, DAAD President Mukherjee pleads for more financial resources for the future Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027.

On 7 September, education policymakers from the German Bundestag had sent an Open Letter to the Chancellor about the financial arrangements for the next Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027). Across all political groups, they asked the Chancellor to make a strong commitment to the goal of increasing the Erasmus+ budget above the ceiling set in the budget compromise of the European Council in July this year (more).

The President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, supports the demands of the German policymakers and wrote a guest article on the subject in the Süddeutsche Zeitung:

Europe needs young Europeans. With Erasmus+, people overcome boundaries; also in their heads. This must be worth more to the EU countries. (...) No doubt: 21,1 billion is a lot of money, and a significant increase compared to the budget of the last seven years. One could think, more is not feasible in Corona-times. But this is wrong. Especially in crisis situations, investment in education, research and cross-border exchange will pay off in the long-term.

DAAD President, Porf. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

You can read the complete guest commentary on the website of the Süddeutsche Zeitung here.