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ELIA Representative Board Expresses Dismay at Proposal to Appoint Tibor Navracsics as the EU Commissioner-designate for Culture, Education Youth and Citizenship
Statement from the ELIA Representative Board endorsed 26 September 2014 in Amsterdam
The European League of Institutes of the Arts - ELIA is an independent, leading network organisation for higher arts education institutions, representing all art disciplines. With approximately 300 members in 50 countries, ELIA represents some 300.000 students in the arts.
The Representative Board of ELIA wishes to express its concern and dismay at the recent proposal to appoint/nominate Tibor Navracsics as the EU Commissioner-designate for Culture, Education Youth and Citizenship.
The hearing with the European Parliament concerning the appointment will be held on 1 October.
The ELIA Representative Board strongly recommends that ELIA members contact their national MEPs and urge them to question this appointment.
In his mission letter to Tibor Navracsics, the president-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, writes: '...education, culture and civic participation are perceived by EU citizens as a key component of our shared European identity and values. They contribute to individuals' capacities for self- expression, creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as to the social cohesion and dynamism of our society.'
In his role as Minister of Justice (2010 – 2014) and as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister since June 2014 Tibor Navracsics and the controversial Fidesz party has been responsible for systematically building up a climate of hostility against ethnic minorities and people committed to freedom of artistic and intellectual expression in Hungary.
In fully supporting the aim of a ‘Creative Innovation Union’ outlined in the Europe 2020 program ELIA urges the European Parliament to reflect and respond to the representative board’s concerns before confirming the new commission.
ELIA shares and supports the views expressed by Culture Action Europe, please see www.cultureactioneurope.org