"Students know too little about EU"

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8 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Schoolchildren know too little about Europe, says Max van den Berg. The leader of the Labour PvdA faction in the European Parliament has therefore written a book on his daily work and published it at his own cost.

8 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Schoolchildren know too little about Europe, says Max van den Berg. The leader of the Labour PvdA faction in the European Parliament has therefore written a book on his daily work and published it at his own cost.

Van den Berg is giving copies of the 125-page book Werkplaats Europa (Workplace Europe) to 109 schools. Education Minister Ronald Plasterk will be presented with the first copy at a school in The Hague on Wednesday – Europe Day (9 May).

Van den Berg hopes his book will help young people form an opinion on the EU.

"Much of the information available on Europe is too technical, too boring," Van den Berg said on Tuesday in Brussels. "This book is more colourful, talks about the issues of today, like energy saving light bulbs, for instance, and the European constitution."

Van den Berg hopes the youth will become more involved in the EU. "Young people are often idealistic, but also concerned with very concrete matters. That is exactly what Europe needs."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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