Problems in Xanthi Minority High School at the European Parliament

Western Thrace
Fri, 1 Dec 2023 8:05 GMT
As a result of the work of the FEP Party with the European Free Alliance, the problems experienced in the Xanthi Minority Secondary School and High School were brought to the European Parliament.
Problems in Xanthi Minority High School at the European Parliament

EFA MEP François Alfonsi brought the parliamentary question prepared as a result of the work of the European Free Alliance (EFA), of which the DEP Party is a member, to the EP agenda.

In the parliamentary question entitled "The ongoing situation and inhumane conditions at the Minority Secondary School and High School in Xanthi, Greece", Alfonsi asked: "Is the Commission aware that Greece is not complying with EU legislation in providing inhumane and EU-standard education to the Turkish minority?"

EFA MEP Alfonsi also requested the Commission's opinion on Greece's minority education policy and the violations of the rights of the Turkish minority as European citizens in the field of education.

François Alfonsi's parliamentary question included the following statements

"The basic building standards and technical requirements for educational facilities are set by national and EU legislation. Today, around 600 Turkish students study in an old wooden tobacco warehouse at the Xanthi Minority Secondary School and High School in Western Thrace. During EFA's study visit to the school in April 2023, it was observed that the building was not suitable for providing a quality and healthy education. In the event of an emergency, the physical conditions of the school leave it vulnerable to all kinds of tragedies.

However, the only option offered by the Greek authorities is two-shift teaching and overcrowded classrooms with more than 27 students, exceeding the physical limits of the classrooms.

In the light of this situation regarding the physical conditions of the Xanthi Minority Secondary School and High School in Western Thrace, is the Commission aware of this situation, i.e. that Greece is not complying with EU legislation in providing inhumane and EU-standard education to the Turkish minority?

What is the Commission's view on Greece's minority education policy, which would be responsible for a catastrophic emergency at the Minority High School of Xanthi?

What is the Commission's view on the violations of the rights of the Turkish minority as European citizens in the field of education?"

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