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Towards a more responsible lifestyle for European students


Towards a more responsible lifestyle for European students

In 2017, Erasmus, the EU’s flagship education program, celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Erasmus gives students the opportunity to meet new people, to learn about new cultures, to discover new countries. The openness to diversity and the mobility facilitated by this unique program represents a major asset for more and more young Europeans, and is highly appreciated in the professional world. Students and young graduates across Europe are increasingly aware of this and seek to take the best out of this true one experience of a lifetime abroad.

Erasmus gives also students the opportunity to party and celebrate together. Alcohol misuse seems to be particularly widespread among young students, in particular during study exchange periods abroad. Binge drinking among young adults is of particular concern for European policy makers and stakeholders, and raises the societal challenge of mobilizing efforts to promote responsible, balanced and safe lifestyle among young people.

Responsible Party program is a partnership between the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Pernod Ricard which endeavours to promote viable solutions to tackle alcohol misuse and promote safe behaviour among young people.

During this high-level debate the experiences around the Erasmus program and the road towards a more responsible and safe behaviour of young adults was discussed.

Questions included:
- What are the experiences and expectations of the Erasmus students?
- How can responsible partying be promoted among students?
- What roles for student organisations, stakeholders and policymakers?

An article with a summary of the event can be found here

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Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe
Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels

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Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education and Culture
Xavier Prats-Monne, Director-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Martina Dlabajovà MEP, European Parliament
Alexandre Ricard, Chairman & CEO, Pernod Ricard
Safi Sabuni, President, ESN


16:30 – 17:00 Registration
17:00 – 17:05 Opening speech
17:05 – 17:40 Impulse statements
17:40 – 18:20 Open discussion
18:20 – 18:30 Conclusions
18:30 – 19:30 Renewal of the ESN – Pernod Ricard partnership and Reception