Brussels bureaucrats are drawing up a £300 million blueprint for a new curriculum to teach EU history and culture…
(The Sun, page 2, 7 August 2000)
But in the same Treaty Article, Member State governments also ask the Commission to “contribute to the development of quality education by encouraging cooperation between Member States”. Since 1995 more than a million people in the European Union have taken advantage of the Socrates, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Youth for Europe programmes to study, train, further their personal development or do community work in a country other than their own. They have had an opportunity to pick up new skills, speak another language, see new ways of tackling problems. They have been exposed, even if only briefly, to another culture, different working methods and perhaps new ideas.
It is in this context that the Commission has recently advertised for experts to help manage its future education programmes. The suggestion that this tender will cost £300 million is ridiculous.