60 Ideas for Europe

Compulsory Socrates/Erasmus programme for all (or almost all) the students of European Universities.
Grant of 1000 E. per month per student.
This would be the best spent money ever spent by the EU and would cost only a minimal fraction of what is spent for the Common Agriculture Policy.

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  1. Wonderful idea, people love having obligations, being forced to go here and there.

    What about forcing them to wear a blue shirt during the whole year with twelve self-sewed yellow stars on it?

  2. Thank you for your comments guys.

    Mayeric. Governments impose a few things when they believe that those are good for society. A few examples: compulsary education until a certain age, creating a fiscal framework to redistribute wealth (and consequently imposing to the citizens the payment of taxes), compulsory medical insurance (if not directly provided). In many European countries even military service is compulsory. What would be the problem with a compulsory for all or almost all (of course there are exceptions) the european university students (with a 1000 E. grant)? It all depends on how much you value this experience in terms of social utility and in terms of individual costs due both to the loss of individual freedom and to the economic cost of this policy itself (someone pays for the grant). My opinion is that the gain not only greatly offsets the cost but also that it is as big as the gain of having, for example, a minimum schooling age. I hope that this also explains why this argument does not also imply “forcing them [ndr, people] to wear a blue shirt during the whole year with twelve self-sewed yellow stars on it”.

    Adaniel. In my opinion, “rights” might not be enough. The reason is the same as above, namely, I value so much the Socrates/Erasums – exactly as much as compulsory education until a certain age – that I am not happy with just having the right, which by the way I guess most of the european university students already have. In Europe there are already too many nice words in documents that don’t produce much effects, i.e. they don’t really make a difference in reality. My simple proposals, which is admittedly and voluntarily simple and radical, would definitely make a difference. Towards a better Europe. But here people might disagree.

  3. Nice idea, please explain where the money will come from. There must be at least a couple of million students in higher education, so we’re looking at a couple of billion euros a month. Excluding holidays, that’s up to 20bn per year, 2% of the EU budget for just one programme – it will have to be pulled from somewhere.

    Two other questions – with Euros 1,000 per month, on offer, how can you eliminate freeloaders and guarantee the money is spent on people who actually want to study?

    Second, what about subjects that are nationally-specific? Would a student of English literature wish to study in Hungary? Would a student of Hungarian history wish to study in Britain?

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