ALICANTE – BERGEN – BRUSSELS I, II, III & IV – CULHAM – FRANKFURT –
THE ASSOCIATION OF THE PARENTS’ASSOCIATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN SCHOOLS
Request for a meeting regarding the European Schools with the Brussels Local Staff Committee, Interparents and parent representatives (APEEEs) of the 4 European Schools in Brussels.Letter EN
Interparents sent a letter to the Presidents of the Council, Commission and Parliament as well as to Doris Pack, Chair of the Education and Culture committee of the European Parliament and Ermina Mazzoni, Chair of the Petitions Committee and to all the Permanent Representations in Brussels - asking for their support “that an extraordinary meeting of the EU Education Ministers should be convened at the earliest possible opportunity in order to discuss the current crisis.” as requested by the May Council meeting.Letter EN Letter FR
Department for education published important information on the European Baccalaureate.Document EN
Interparents has written to Mrs Evgeniya Kostadinova, President of the Board of Governors of the European Schools and Mr Kari Kivinen, Secretary-General of the European Schools with regard to the Extraordinary meeting of the Board of Governors on the 23 September 2013. We look forward to a successful outcome of the meeting but feel that a meeting of Ministers of Education, as proposed by the May Council, is still urgent and necessary in view of the serious challenges the European schools system are facing.Document EN Document FR
Interparent sent a letter to Mr. Alain Demaegd, President-in-office of the Board of Governors,
and Mr. Kari Kivinen, Secretary-General with our proposals for the Troika meeting.
Also added the document "Cost Sharing in the European Schools: the “Modified Munich” Financing Model", a sub-group paper for discussion by the cost sharing working group meeting in Brussels on 6 March 2012
Mr. Alain Demaegd, President-in-office of the Board of Governors,
and Mr. Kari Kivinen, Secretary-General announce an enlarged Troika meeting to plan and prepare
the future cost sharing discussion, as well as an extraordinary Board of Governors' meeting.
See also the press release on page 9.
The European schools are currently in crisis because the UK authorities have been forced to take the drastic decision of no longer seconding any full-time staff for the school year 2013-2014 and beyond. This is principally due to the failure of the Board of Governors to solve the cost-sharing problem in particular, despite it being a top priority of the UK presidency in 2011-12, and, in general, the long-standing problem regarding the financing of the European schools system.English
Interparents prepared a paper on secondary school studies.Paper
I am writing you in relation to the complaint ... against the Commission concerning its decision to seek reimbursement from European Schools for mother-tongue classes for students without a language section (SWALS).English
The UK delegation wishes to formally notify the Board of Governors that we will not replace
any teachers who are leaving the European Schools system in August 2013.
The UK delegation also sent a letter to the parents of the European Schools in Brussels on 17 April.
The Irish presidency put it on the agenda of the Council in a letter of 14 May.
INTERPARENTS met at Luxembourg I European School on Thursday afternoon, 11 April and Friday morning 12 April 2013. The Associated schools joined them Friday afternoon and for the official 60th Anniversary celebrations at 5pm. Twelve of the fourteen member Parents Associations were represented (apologies by Alicante, BXL III and IV). Chair: Ana Gorey, President of Interparents.English
INTERPARENTS met at European School, Brussels IV, Tuesday 5 and 6 February 2013. Chair: Ana Gorey, President of Interparents. All member Parents Associations (except Alicante) were represented.English
The Commission sent its report on The European School System in 2011 to the European Parliament and the Council.Report
Following the decisions from Oxford with regard to the item on the Cavada report a
working group on Secondary School Studies has been set up and held its first meeting on
24 September, 27 november 2012 and 27 January 2013. There will be a document presented
to the February Joint Teaching Committee and the next Working Group meeting will be on
27 February 2013. Watch this space for more information..
INTERPARENTS met at European School, Luxembourg II, Thursday 29 and 30 November 2012. Chair: Ana Gorey, President of Interparents. All member Parents Associations (except Brussels III and IV) were represented.English
INTERPARENTS met at Brussels III European School, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2012. Chair: Ana Gorey, President of Interparents. All member Parents Associations were represented in all or part of the meetings.English
9 May 2012
INTERPARENTS met at the Alicante European School on Monday afternoon, 16 April 2012 for a Roundtable meeting on “Action Day 2” and Wednesday, 17 April. Ten of the fourteen members Parents Associations were represented (apologies by Brussels, I, III, Luxembourg, Mol) due to the meeting falling right after the Easter break.English
24 April 2012
1. is fully aware of the European economic crisis and the need to find appropriate solutions.
2. is fully conscious of efforts made by schools to do their utmost under difficult circumstances and are appreciative of the dedication of the teaching staff in the face of these budgetary restrictions.
3. is fully mindful of the challenges facing the European schools system as highlighted by the European Parliament Resolution and is determined to fully participate in further progress in European Education.
4. is fully committed to the principles and purpose of European schooling as set out in the Mission Statement by Jean Monnet and Marcel Decombis at its conception (annex 1).
5. is fully determined to protect these fundamental principles and actively participate in the development of the system, as our role is foreseen in the Convention.
6. denounces the severe budget cuts, which are reducing the pedagogical offer whilst the number of pupils is rising. They are impacting on the fundamental principles of the European Schools system and are compromising the quality of education and the wellbeing of the children.
7. denounces the lack of real school autonomy; the rules and regulations give the schools no room for manoeuvre for decision-making and decisions of the administrative boards can be and are overturned by the Board of Governors.
8. denounces the lack of good governance, budgetary certainty and pedagogical predictability, which is threatening the coherence of the system. Good governance includes transparency and accountability, as well as stakeholder participation.
9. denounces the way that the spirit and the letter of the Convention are being undermined (infrastructure, teacher secondment, balancing budget etc.).
10. denounces the way it is being sidestepped through lack of effective participation.
11. asks that the child be put back into the heart of the system, so their aspirations and capacities can flourish both for their own benefit and for the benefit of the community.
12. asks that any changes do not jeopardise investment in the future of the system, nor perpetuate inequality and discrimination amongst pupils, parents, teachers, languages, sections and schools.
13. asks that an external audit on the educational offer be conducted as required by the recent decision of the European Ombudsman.
14. asks that Member States’ determination to invest in the development of quality education, youth and mobility, cultural and linguistic diversity, the European dimension and citizenship as well as a global perspective, Europe 2020-strategy and life long learning goals also apply to European Schools.
15. calls for an external evaluation of the Stockholm Reform, Cavada-report with a view to provide guidelines as to the future development of the European School system.
27 February 2012
Interparents presented their report on the years 2010-2012 to the Annual meeting celebrated in Brussels II on the 8 February 2012.Report
27 February 2012
INTERPARENTS met at Brussels II European School on Tuesday afternoon, 7 February 2012 for a Roundtable meeting on “Cost Sharing in the European Schools System” and Wednesday, 8 February for the Interparents Annual meeting.English