A group of European citizens has started a European Citizens’ Initiative proposing to exclude education budgets of countries that invest less in education than the five-year Eurozone average from the countries' public spending deficit.
With this, the initiative aims at:
1. Combat inequality by providing equal opportunities for education and training to all young people in Europe.
2. Ensure adequate and appropriate infrastructures and tools for high quality education in Europe in times of crisis.
3. Enhance and safeguard growth, development and democratic institutions; ensure the employability of younger generations through investment in education.
4. Support the European policy Horizon 2020
ESU believes that higher education is a public good and public responsibility, which means that countries need to allocate sufficient public funds to enable quality higher education to all. As the goals of this initiative are similar to ESU’s, the Executive Committee decided to support the initiative, as we all believe that we need to finish with the austerity policies and with cuts to public budgets for education that is putting our future and the future of Europe in general in great danger.
So we call on all readers to visit the official site of the initiative (https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/REQ-ECI-2013-000015/public) and contribute by signing a petition requesting more more public funds for education.
More about the initiative can be found on: