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Parliamentary questions
20 April 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Hannu Takkula (ALDE) and Mitro Repo (S&D)

 Subject: The budget for and the future of the European Schools

Questions related to the European Schools have regularly been discussed by the European Parliament, particularly its Committee on Culture and Education. In recent months, many Members of the European Parliament have received worrying messages from teachers and parents of pupils at the European Schools. The messages have the same, worrying theme: the number of pupils attending the schools is increasing rapidly but the schools’ budgets are not; class and group sizes are growing but the number of assistant teachers is, in some cases, decreasing; and the number of subjects on offer is being reduced.

In the current climate, it is understandable that cost savings are being identified in various areas of public administration. However, it is incorrect to think that the European Schools can continuously increase the number of pupils they admit — which they appear to have been obliged to do — without being allocated sufficient resources to be able to provide high-quality education.

We therefore ask the Commission to provide details of its short- and long-term plans for the European Schools’ budget. Does the Commission believe that the budget should be proportionate to the number of pupils attending the schools? Since the core principle behind European Schools is to provide education to all pupils in their mother tongue, what does the Commission intend to do to safeguard this right, both now and in the future?

Original language of question: FIOJ C 247 E, 28/08/2013
Last updated: 7 May 2012Legal notice