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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on introducing family allowances to cover education costs

Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on introducing family allowances to cover education costs   

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, in keeping with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, the European Union has the power to support, coordinate and supplement Member State action in the strategic area of education;

B.  whereas every year, each family has to spend more and more on school registration, education materials and books (on average in Italy, families spend EUR 526 per child on school kit – an increase of 0.8% compared to the previous school year – and EUR 456.90 on books and dictionaries, according to the consumer monitoring centre Osservatorio della Federconsumatori);

C.  whereas, with the aim of reducing education costs, Member States already grant families tax benefits and deductions;

D.  whereas education is extremely important for the growth, development and upbringing of every child;

1.  Calls on the European Parliament, with a view to supplementing and coordinating the action taken by Member States, to consider the option of introducing allowances, benefits or other measures that could help to cut the costs which families have to bear to ensure their children receive a proper education, which is particularly hard for those suffering financial hardship.

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