More than one million “Erasmus babies” have been born since the start of the Erasmus programme in 1987. Cyprus, on the other hand, has just 850,000 inhabitants. With this grant, the EU has not only fostered equal opportunities and professional careers but also made a rather literal contribution towards cultural exchange.
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…that the over 70 years of peace we have enjoyed is not only the greatest achievement of the EU but also saves a lot of money?
According to the estimates of the German KfW bank, peaceful cooperation between the member states of the EU saves a good 500 billion euros per year in military spending; money that is then available to spend on kindergartens, schools and universities.
More interesting facts about Europe
…that there are more “Erasmus babies” than Cypriots?
…that the EU guarantees you strong consumer rights?
The EU cannot prevent a hair dryer from breaking after six months, however, it stipulates that each dealer must provide a free two-year guarantee on his/her products.
…that your children play with safe toys thanks to the EU?
The EU has issued special regulations, e.g. for toys, electrical devices, gas boilers, to protect you and your loved ones. EU regulations oblige manufacturers and dealers to provide a safety guarantee, and they are monitored by national authorities. Should a defective item enter circulation, authorities can immediately remove products from the market – in every EU member state in fact – thanks to a rapid warning system.
…that the EU put an end to animal testing for cosmetic products in 2004?
Since then, dogs, cats and mice in the EU no longer need to suffer for our beauty; lipsticks, antiperspirants, soap, toothpaste and shampoos are also considered cosmetic products. There is a ban on authorising cosmetic products that have been tested on animals outside of the EU.
…that the EU is working to ensure that each citizen will be able to surf with lightning-fast mobile Internet throughout Europe by 2025?
The EU is putting €700 million into supporting a public-private partnership in order to establish the 5G standard in Europe.
…that the EU protects your rights as a holidaymaker?
If your flight for your summer holiday is delayed by several hours or the airline cancels it, you have a right to full compensation from the airline in accordance with EU law – between €250 and €600 depending on the distance. This also applies to rail journeys.
…that the EU is more frugal than a Swabian housewife?
It invests six percent of its budget in the staffing, administration and maintenance of its buildings. This works out to be just 5 cents per day per citizen of the Union. By way of comparison: with 33,000 employees, the EU has fewer workers than Frankfurt Airport (60,000).
…that the additional costs for mobile phone use (roaming fees) have been dropped in all 28 member states in June 2017 thanks to the EU?
You can therefore make phone calls abroad, communicate with friends via messenger and call your parents while you are on holiday for the same price as at home.
…that an emergency call to 112 is valid throughout the EU?
Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, dial 112 and help will be guaranteed. Anyone who needs to see a doctor or go to hospital while abroad and presents his/her health insurance card will be reimbursed for the costs by his/her insurance scheme.
…that countries that are not among the 17 Euro states are keen on our euro?
According to a study by the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), the euro makes up almost 60 percent of total cash circulation in Serbia and 38 percent in Macedonia. They have more confidence in the European currency than their own national currency. The euro is even an official currency in Kosovo and Montenegro, even though neither country is a member of the EU.
…that tourists would rather see the Colosseum and the Berlin Wall than the Statue of Liberty in the USA or the Great Wall of China?
With 620 million visitors, the EU is the most popular holiday destination in the world according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). One in two holidaymakers and business travellers visited Europe in 2016.
…that Europe owes its name to a Greek beauty that even the father of the gods, Zeus, could not resist?
According to Greek mythology, Europe was the name of a Phoenician princess who floated Zeus to Crete in the form of a bull and seduced him there.