2013 sees the launch of our EU-wide campaign to gather a million signatures for a High Quality European Education for All.
MEET, the Movement towards a European Education Trust, submitted
a European Citizens Initiative using new powers under the EU’s Lisbon Treaty which give citizens the right to demand new laws directly from the European Commission – provided they can gather enough signatures.
Demand a say in the future of education, in and for, Europe
The MEET proposal is the eighth officially registered European Citizens’ Initiative. It calls for the creation of an Education platform to stimulate debate on how to improve schools and boost the European dimension of education in line with the EU’s 2020 strategy. “Europe’s future depends on Education, how to educate citizens, how they learn. Common education goals reflecting European basic values should be at the heart of a solution to today’s challenges,” says Ana Gorey, President of MEET.
“As young Europeans are the ones who will build the Europe of tomorrow, it is essential to begin building a common European identity. I thus invite you to join me in supporting this initiative that will help strengthen this common identity which Europe needs” said Mr. Henri Malosse, President of the Employers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee where the launch was hosted. You are also invited to share this mail and help spread the word.
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United in a European Education for all Europeans.
We believe that education is the most important sector under governmental control, it is education that drives the future, it is education that will create the Europe of tomorrow. For that reason we are attempting to collect one million signatures, these signatures will be submitted to the EU commission to urge them to create a comprehensive EU education policy. A policy that ensures a multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary approach to education can be enjoyed by all young Europeans.
Our petition is based upon the tenets of the Lisbon Treaty, in which it is stated that EU citizens are able to bring potential legislation before the EU commission providing they have collected one million signatures. Signatures must be from EU citizens of a voting age, this is normally 18 years old. So long as there are one million signatures from at least seven different EU member states the issue will be addressed by the Commission. We sincerely hope they are loyal to future of young Europeans.
We are hoping to hold policy makers promises on citizen participation in governance to account, we want to create a European wide forum on education where policymakers will interact with real citizens and real education experts in order to better provide for European youth. Whilst member states are normally left to organise their own didactic approach for youngsters we know the EU has a large impact on shaping educational material and we also expect this trend to increase over time. Now is the best opportunity to try to influence this pan-European educational policy from the grassroots up. Many people complain that the EU is too democratic and that their educational policies are imposed from the top down with no recourse to the citizenry of each nation state. Our petition will give polcymakers an opportunity to show that such criticism is unfounded and that they are genuinely interested in creating a equitable system of governance. A system European youth can have faith in.
If you support our goals of a more learner-centred and multilingual approach to education and you are interested to see how responsive the EU is to genuine grassroots concerns then please sign our petition. Every signature makes a difference. In addition to signing, those that feel strongly about an overhaul of the currently fragmented European education system can also apply to work more closely with our campaign. We are dedicated to providing an equal opportunity education system across the EU zone, where young Europeans will have the opportunity for real life advancement regardless of gender, colour or creed. Please help us.