European Initiative: "support-education-eu"
Assist education in EU countries under serious economic pressure
We are seriously concerned about the short and long-term prospects for education in some southern and in some young EU member states. Especially in countries under serious economic pressure the danger of drastic and injudicious decisions is high and may be enhanced by financial pressure from the EU and undifferentiated cut requests.
We here want to promote an initiative "support-education-eu" expressing our concern about this situation, advocating for an awareness that maintaining a good overall educational system is to be seen as a major European program and arguing that the community should assist endangered local structures and systems.
While social and economic emergencies clearly ask for immediate attention we should remain aware of the essential importance of education:
There are already a number of European programs supporting the development of research and education. These instruments, however, are designed to enhance already well functioning systems, not to cope with critical situations as presently witnessed. In view of the present situation and with concern regarding its development we consider that a special treatment of education at the European level is necessary. More specifically:
We ask the European and national authorities to consider these proposals and further actions in this direction and to find ways to implement them in a European program.
None of the European countries alone can in the long run play a major role in our world – economically, politically, scientifically or culturally. Only Europe as a community of countries working together can make a relevant contribution in the future, and it is therefore essential to strengthen those systems which give Europe strength in its diversity and unity.
This program could be a major step toward a healthy unified Europe, which might be easier to achieve
than through finance or foreign policy. There are at present a number of distinct initiatives addressing
European research or education developments, among others [1-3]. This initiative is more comprehensive and focused
on emergency situations while having a similar motivation. It belongs to the acknowledged European
"Top quality education and training are vital if Europe is to develop as a knowledge society and compete effectively in the globalized economy. Education policy as such is decided by each EU country, but together they set joint goals and share best practices." 
A major joint goal in the view of the undersigned must be that of providing the awareness and instruments for ensuring the development and functioning of the European educational systems independently of local or temporal conditions.