Finnish PM’s politics formed at the University of Leicester
Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland, has revealed that he became pro-European during his time as an Erasmus student at the University of Leicester.
The website Euractiv reports that he mentioned his time at the University while addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg about the economic crisis overshadowing European integration. Speaking of his studies at the University of Leicester to MEPs, Katainen said:
“This experience opened my eyes to the importance of European integration”
According to European Parliament sources, Katainen, who is 42, is the only Erasmus student among EU heads of state and government.
ERASMUS, the most successful student exchange programme in the world, offers the opportunity for student placements in enterprises, university staff teaching and training, and funds co-operation projects between higher education institutions across Europe.
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