Silvio Danailov: "Historical success for the European Chess"

L-R:MEP Slavi Binev,Garry Kasparov, Silvio Danailov
L-R:MEP Slavi Binev,Garry Kasparov, Silvio Danailov

 The ECU project “Chess in school” had a historical suc-cess in the European Parlia-ment. The needed number of MEPs’ signatures (378 signa-tures – 50%+1 from the total number of 754 MEPs) was almost gained during the session of the Parliament which was held in Strasbourg, France, on February 13-16, 2012. Just a few signatures left for the next session in March.  

The joint project of the European Chess Union and Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe was supported by the MEPs from all parties represented in the European Parliament.

 

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

“We are very close to the full success. After the acceptance of the Written Declaration, the EU Commission will start to work on the project “Chess in school.”- commented Silvio Danailov, the President of the ECU and continued: ”I always say that besides being a popular sport, the game of chess is also a science, education and part of the cultural heritage of the European nations. This is a historical moment for the European chess. From now on the game of chess will have totally new position and acceptance among the European society. And we shall see all the benefits from this new position of our favorite game in the near future.” 

One of the two halls for the presentation of the project

One of the two halls for the presentation of the project

 The President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov and the most legendary chess player Garry Kasparov arrived to Strasbourg to promote many educational benefits from the implementation of chess as an obligatory subject in the European schools. They participated in seminars dedicated to the program “Chess in school” and had many meetings with MEPs. Garry Kasparov played a simultaneous chess sessions against children and European deputies. 

MEPs are signing the Written Declaration no. 50/2011 about the “Chess in school” project

MEPs are signing the Written Declaration no. 50/2011 about the “Chess in school” project

All activities and events connected to the project “Chess in school” were held under the high patronage of the previous President of the European Parliament, prof. Jerzy Buzek and the MEP from Bulgaria, Mr. Slavi Binev, who is the main supporter of the project.  

The presentation of the "Chess in school" project
The presentation of the “Chess in school” project

 

During his visit, ECU President Silvio Danailov met with the previous President of the European Parliament, prof. Jerzy Buzek and they discussed the future development of the game of chess and the project “Chess in school”. Professor Buzek strongly supports this ECU program. 

Mr. Silvio Danailov & Prof. Jerzy Buzek
Mr. Silvio Danailov & Prof. Jerzy Buzek
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