May 7, 2009
What’s more, since 2007 the school has organised an annual quiz on the European Union; and the prize is a trip to Brussels! This year I had the honour of being President of the Jury. The event was excellent: the hall was decorated with European colours and stars, and the pupils showed a fantastic awareness of European affairs: a sign of the school’s success in being so enthusiastic about internationalism.
European construction is of course a complex project. But we really have to make the facts known as widely as possible if we are fight ignorance, voter abstention and cynicism. After all, without facts, democracy is useless. And Dobsuli is an inspiring example of how, by integrating European legislators, teachers, parents and the wider community into our efforts, we can equip our young people with this knowledge.
And in the same spirit, we must engage and mobilise Europe’s voters for this upcoming election, as I will be doing, door-to-door, in Hungary (in Pécs and Kisvárda) tomorrow and on Saturday as part of the second PES European Day of Action. Let’s spread the word!