On the teaching of ancient languages in the European Union

Motion for a resolution of the European Parliament by Jean-François Jacob, Dominique Bilde and Steeve Briois:

The European Parliament,

– Having regard to the preamble to the Treaty on European Union (paragraphs 1, 6 and 13),

– Having regard to article 6 (c)) and (e) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (shared competence),

– Having regard to article 165 (1) and (2) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union,

– Having regard to Article 167 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union,

– Having regard to article 133 of its rules of Procedure,

A. Considering the essential contribution of ancient culture to European culture, through law, democracy and philosophy;

B. Considering the salience of the Greek and Latin languages in the current languages of the European Union;

C. Whereas shared culture is the cement of better cooperation between Member States;

D. Considering the importance of reinforcing cultural referents in the face of the haggling of culture;

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1. Calls for the adoption of a policy to promote the teaching of Greek and Latin languages in secondary education in the European Union countries;

2. Calls for the valorisation of the courses which have received these lessons in the European civil service;

3. Instructs the President to forward this resolution, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.