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Parliamentary questions
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19 December 2017
Question for written answer E-007860-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  Anti-EU indoctrination in Catalan schools
 Answer in writing 

In its latest report, the Acción para la Mejora de la Enseñanza Secundaria (Campaign to Improve Secondary Education) union has concluded that indoctrination and historical distortion are widespread in the Catalan education system. Spain is demonised in geography and history books, and Spain and Catalonia are portrayed as being in constant conflict.

The report also states that this historical distortion extends to the EU, which is presented as ‘weak’ and ‘a failure’, while leaving EU institutions and the single currency is advocated as a solution to the current political and economic situation.

Considering that the Convention on the Rights of the Child protects minors from the unlawful use of education for political purposes, and that various Commission provisions, such as the 2020 strategic framework for education and training (ET 2020), seek to improve the quality of education and promote social cohesion:
1) Is the Commission aware of the facts described above?
2) Will its upcoming communications and strategic frameworks include measures to combat ideological indoctrination in European schools?
3) Will it liaise with the Spanish authorities on the issue of ideological indoctrination in Catalonia?
Original language of question: ES 
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