Written Question: Introduction of the parental veto in the Community of Madrid

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 9 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001342/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sira Rego (The Left)

Subject: Introduction of the parental veto in the Community of Madrid

The Government of the Community of Madrid has set in motion a far-right initiative that will restrict the teaching of curriculum content connected with feminism or sexual diversity. Its President Díaz Ayuso has justified this move by citing the freedom of parents to bring up their children as they wish, even when this upbringing goes against fundamental rights(1).

This is similar to government reforms in Poland or Hungary. In these cases, the Commission has instituted proceedings for infringement of EU legislation.

  1. Does the Commission consider this to be a breach of Article 13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on academic freedom, as it did in the case of the Hungarian education law?
  2. Is the Commission going to investigate monies from the ERDF and other funds earmarked for education being used for educational projects that veto the inclusion of content on feminism and sexual diversity?
  3. Will the Commission promote measures to stop these projects, as it did with a similar scheme in Poland that was rejected by Parliament in its Motion for a Resolution 2891/2019(2)?

(1) Ayuso has changed tack and now supports the parental ban called for by Vox: ‘There will be parents who do not want their children to be in workshops on LGBTI’ (eldiario.es)
(2) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/B-9-2019-0167_EN.html

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