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Karolos Papoulias, President of the Hellenic Republic



Swoboda Hannes, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Chairman

“Europe is at the most critical juncture of it s modern history. In order to overcome the economic crisis, we must invest in the future, in the new generation of Europeans want a new Europe. We need a new policy framework of crisis management that will exceed the budgetary rigor.
Investing in the future presupposes investment in education.
Education spending is an investment in our future and should not be part of the government’s fiscal balance.
For this reason, I support the citizens’ initiative for excluding education spending from state budgets.”



Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimizis is a Greek-American scientist in space exploration. He has contributed to the majority of the United States’ unmanned space exploration programs of the Solar system and beyond. He has contributed to exploration missions to almost every planet of our solar system. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 8323 Krimigis (previously 1979 UH) in his honor.

“Throughout history, Education has been the most powerful force propelling progress on a global scale.
That is why I fully endorse, sign and support the European Citizens’ Initiative for giving priority to funding for education tied to specific attainable targets for the EU countries.”



Joachim Löw is the head coach of the German national football team since 2006.



“The children of Europe are our future.
All have the right to a high quality education and intact on equal opportunities.
I do support the European Citizens Initiative for education, so that the gap between young people in Europe does not get even bigger!”



Lysandros Falireas is a musician (Imam Baildi )



If you are 50, the crisis hits your savings.
If you are 30 it hinders your professional development and your savings.
If you are 15, the crisis affects the quality of your education, and the rest of your life.
Don’t deprive younger generations of the quality of life they deserve.
Europe needs to invest in education to give its youth a future they can look forward to.


Emmanuel G Kriaras is a Greek lexicographer and philologist, he is Emeritus Professor of the School of Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Education is the foundation, the cornerstone of culture and growth. That is why I wholeheartedly support the Initiative for more resources devoted to Education in all European countries.
I am standing next to conscious European intellectuals who share the fight for moral and economic support; support dictated by the ongoing crisis, for an Education that corresponds effectively to current social conditions.



bakoyiannisKostas Bakoyannis is the Mayor of Karpenisi.

“Europe risks loosing a generation. The crisis challenges our deepest held and most fundamental tenants of social cohesion. We need a radical rethink beginning with a considerable reinvestment in education. I strongly support this initiative, as it is the beginning for a better Europe based in equal opportunities.”

Supporting the initiative with their signature

Giannis Boutaris is the Mayor of Thessaloniki.




Henry Malosse is the President of the Employers Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).



Nikos Aliagas is a French-Greek journalist entertainer.




Victoria Hislop is an English author.

(Books: “The Island”, “The Thread”, etc)