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Between May 26th and June 1st, 2012, a group of European students will cycle between Luxembourg and Brussels to raise awareness of the current obstacles to student mobility in Europe.
This will be one of several such cycling tours taking place across the continent, where students and young European citizens will gather support for their Manifesto for less obstacles and more support for student mobility. These tours happen symbolically during the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the ERASMUS programme, and at a time when the upcoming European framework programmes are being discussed, giving the riders an opportunity to voice their opinions. The project’s Bike of Honour will also be exhibited at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on May 23rd. A final conference organised jointly by ESN, ESU and Campus Europae will take place in Brussels on June 1st at the EESC premises.
Ride for your Rights! It’s time to (ex)change your life was started by the Student Council of Campus Europae, in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network. The first edition of the project, in the summer of 2011, saw dozens of young Europeans cycling from Serbia to Russia, covering almost 5000 km across 12 countries and gathering signatures for their Manifesto. The project was realized under the patronage of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and was supported by distinguished personalities, such as former President of the European Parliament MEP Jerzy Buzek, Chair of EU Committee on Culture and Education MEP Doris Pack, Human Rights activist Hildegard Goss-Mayr and many other politicians, academics, athletes and representatives of the civil society.
This year, the project continues to mobilize many young, active citizens as they cycle across national borders: Luxembourg - Germany - Netherlands - Belgium, Austria - Slovakia and Poland - Germany are the highlights of the 2nd edition of Ride for your Rights!, with similar tours and events taking place in Poland, Latvia, Georgia and Portugal.
More information about the project can be found on the official website, www.rideforyourrights.org where visitors can read and sign the Manifesto, and also sign up to join the cycling tours.