Friday, October 16, 2009
MEPs are calling for school pupils to be forced to take European Union lessons to counter “lies” about Brussels.
Leaders of the centre-right EPP grouping in the European Parliament say there should be compulsory classes for 14-year-olds in all member states.
The calls are being led by Mario David, a Portuguese MEP who was chief of staff to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso when he was the country’s prime minister.
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He claimed the controversy surrounding the Lisbon Treaty demonstrated their was widespread ignorance of the EU’s work.
“All the debates about the constitution and then the Lisbon Treaty showed a great deal of lying, cheating and mistrust about the EU,” he said.
“In Ireland people were told there was going to be abortion across the EU, that young men would be conscripted into a European Army. This was a bunch of lies.
This article was posted: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:32 am