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Brussels, 24 March 2010

Europe in your school: Commissioner Vassiliou launches 2010 Spring Day for Europe campaign

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice-President of the European Parliament, will launch the 2010 'Spring Day for Europe' campaign in Brussels tomorrow (09:00). The campaign, which runs until 30 June, aims to encourage primary and secondary school-children and their parents to take a closer interest in the big issues affecting Europe, like the economic crisis, youth unemployment, climate change, education and combatting poverty.

Commissioner Vassiliou, who will launch this year's event at the European School in Uccle, Brussels, commented: "The idea is to encourage more young people to make their voices heard in shaping Europe, today and in the future. How you do that is up to you. It could be through a school debate, a competition, an online chat, a text message or via the social media. The important thing is to have your say and involve your friends. With today's technologies, it's never been easier to get your views across."

The Commissioner will meet a group of 16-year-old pupils of different nationalities tomorrow. They will put questions to her and express their views on EU policies. "This is something I hope to do when I visit schools in other countries and not just during this campaign," the Commissioner added.

6500 schools took part in the Spring Day for Europe campaign last year and the number is expected to be greater this time.

The event is organised annually by European Schoolnet, a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond. The network receives support from the European Commission.

Spring Day for Europe offers tools and resources that help teachers to stimulate more awareness of European issues in an innovative and creative way.

In the past, Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament, national and regional politcians, professors and former pupils and students have taken part in debates and online chats.

Around 2,000 schools have already registered to take part in this year's event via the Spring Day for Europe website, available in 23 languages at:

www.springday2010.net

Schools that would like to organise a Spring Day event can register at:

http://www.springday2010.net/ww/en/pub/spring2010/misc/registration.cfm

Speakers who wish to visit a school can register their interest at:

http://www.springday2010.net/ww/en/pub/spring2010/about/schools_guests.htm

Audiovisual media: Europe by Satellite will cover the launch event at the European School.


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