Pan-European Civic Education

As adopted by the Federal Committee in Copenhagen, Denmark 2012



Underscoring the common cultural values and historical landmarks of the European Member States, the importance of freedom, democracy and peace in the European culture;

Taking into account the importance of diversity of all the regions and regional cultures that make up the European Union and that they therefore should be seen as an asset for European integration and not as an obstacle;

Taking into account the grown historic backgrounds and education systems of the Member States; 

Regretting that it is still difficult to find among European citizens the perception of common roots;

Understanding the importance of having the next European generation sharing common principles and values as a key point in the creation of a federal Europe;

Referring to the success story of already implemented joint European education initiatives, such as the creation of the common French-German history textbooks in 2006;

Recognizing that education is a Member State competence within the Union;

Emphasising that Art. 167 of the Lisbon treaty requires the Union to “take cultural aspects into account in its action”;

Calls on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States of the European Union:

To commit to putting forward new challenging proposals in order to implement European training and education policies;

To focus on a deeper inter-cultural dialogue and cultural diversity instead of regarding common educational instruments as a mere tool for economic growth;

To push forward at least one common subject at school, during primary and secondary education to raise awareness of the common roots of the Member States, so that next generations grow up with a more European mindset;

To consider the creation of pan-European subjects such as “European social studies” or “European civic education” and their implementation in the curriculum or in extra-curricular activities within school structures;

To launch a white book process on the creation of a “pan-European” subject to increase awareness among Europeans.