More talents, more Erasmus, more Europe. With this slogan, Laissez-Passer, the Passport of the Erasmus Generation was officially presented.

The project was launched by the garagErasmus Foundation during a launch event which took place on 16th May in a prestigious location – the Sala Biagi of Regione Lombardia. About one hundred people attended the event. The goal of the project is definitely ambitious: it aims at increasing the number of scholarships meant to support international mobility by involving private partners. But there’s more to it. Laissez-Passer will significantly strengthen the bond between European talents and businesses as well. In fact, every month garagErasmus will connect all those companies looking for personnel with 10 international talents who have been awarded the so-called Blue Laissez-Passer – that is, those community members who have stood out on garagErasmus online platform because of their entrepreneurial attitude, their ideas to improve active citizenship or because their curriculum shows a strong international and open-minded spirit.

“garagErasmus is a hub which is open to all those who have ideas to improve our Europe” – President of the Foundation Francesco Cappè declaired – “We believe that the Erasmus Generation have many positive ideas and that they deserve more importance. We need more Erasmus and we need a better connection between those companies that invest on youths. That’s exactly these two points that Laissez-Passer energetically works on”.

The project is supported by both private individuals and companies, and institutions. Vice President of Regione Lombardia Fabrizio Sala and Deputy Mayor of Milan Anna Scavuzzo, along with Assolombarda, signed a letter of intent to officially support the Foundation and its projects, starting with Laissez-Passer.

Director of Indire Erasmus+ National Agency Sara Pagliai highlighted how important it was that this event took place in Milan, one of the European cities which are most involved in the Erasmus+ Programme. A concept that was also underlined by some of the Universities in Lombardy, supporters of the project, which in panel titled “University and World of Work, Milan as an International City” analysed the progress made so far in the field of internationalization and the tendencies shown by their students, concerning both short mobility periods, Double Degrees and Post-Lauream Courses. The University of Milan-Bicocca, the University of Bergamo, the Polytechnic University of Milan and IULM, alongside Assolombarda, all joined the debate and expressed their enthusiasm towards garagErasmus new project.

After the conference, institutions and companies, partners of the project, had the chance to enjoy a beautiful view over Milan on the 39th floor of Palazzo della Regione, where all the guests were entertained by another friend of the Erasmus Generation, famous TV presenter Cesare Cadeo, and where they could discuss new ways to include more and more students in exchange programmes during a dinner meant for professional networking. During the dinner, the first 30 companies received the first 30 Red Laissez-Passer.

​Supporting Laissez-Passer is really easy: companies, philanthropists, friends of the Erasmus Generation can make a donation of 110.00€ through the Foundation website, after which they will automatically have the right to receive a Red Laissez-Passer. But above all, their name will be written of the Book of Supporters or the Erasmus Generation and they will become part of that rapidly expanding network that already includes 25 Universities from all over Europe, cities, companies, local associations and, most of all, talents.