President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament

Rome, 14 July 2016

Good morning everyone,

I thank very much the president of EDIW, Julia Gonzalez, for inviting me to speak to you during this very interesting seminar. I’m terribly sorry for not being able to be with you because I know that you have very interesting topics for discussion and reflection and I will miss the opportunity to confront myself directly with you, young people, who are presently engaged in the Erasmus program. I love this occasion of discussion and exchange.

Accept my compliments to you for this praiseworthy project and I wish you all forty young men and women to continue this formative journey with the project “Roots and Wings” with enthusiasm and commitment.

However, as President of the Culture and Education Committee, I would like to share with you a glance at the European systems of education to update yourselves of what we are doing in the Parliament.

As you know, in spite of the fact that the European Union has no competence in matters of ordinance and of organization of national educational systems, already enforced by the Maastricht Treaty, and followed up in the Treaty of Lisbon, it is obliged to contribute to the development of a quality education, which stimulates the cooperation among State members, supporting and integrating their action. As European Parliament, we are committed to the implementation of the Strategy 2020, aiming at achieving the strategic objectives, lifelong learning and mobility, equity and active citizenship, encouraging creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship. Today, even in Europe, we are aware, also because of some past failures, that without the leading role and active participation of the persons involved, it is not possible to realize enduring reforms and innovations and face epochal, cultural, and social challenges to which we are called to respond.

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