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

On 13th of March, 2012 in Strasbourg the European Parliament has adopted the program of the European Chess Union – ‘Chess in School’. The Written Decla-ration 50/2011 for the implementation of the ‘Chess in school’ program among the schools in the European Union was signed by 392 MEPs (the needed number was 378 signatures – 50%+1 from the total number of 754 MEPs). The final number of gained signatures is expected to increase even more until the end of this session of the EU Parliament. 

This is a clear indication of the recognition of MEPs across Europe of the benefits that chess can bring to children.

As you already were informed, having received the required number of signatures to be passed in the European Parliament, the Written Declaration will be officially communicated from the Parliament to the Commission and to the Parliament of each EU Member State together with the list of signatories.

The declaration calls on the Commission and Council:

- To encourage the introduction of the program “Chess in School” in the educational system of the Member States;

- To pay, in its forthcoming communication on sport, the necessary attention to the program “Chess in School” and to ensure sufficient funding for it from 2012 onwards;

- To take into consideration the results of any studies on the effects of this program on children’s development.

“This is a historical success for the European chess. The date of March 13th, 2012 will go down in chess history as the date when the game of chess wass moved on a higher level of recognition by the society – not just like sport, but also like a part of the education in the modern world.” – said Mr. Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union.

The development and implementation of the program will be carried out as a joint project between the European Chess Union and Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe.

 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 and who introduced the Written Declaration 50/2011.

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