Written Declaration of the European Parliament

29/05/2012
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Written declaration on the introduction of the programme ‘Chess in School’ in the
educational systems of the European Union

The European Parliament,
– having regard to Articles 6 and 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European
Union,
– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in its Article 6, provides
that sport is among the areas ‘where the Union shall have competences to carry out actions
to support, coordinate or supplement the actions of the Member States’;
B. whereas chess is an accessible game for children from every social group and can help
social cohesion and contribute to policy objectives such as social integration, combating
discrimination, reducing crime rates and even the fight against various addictions;
C. whereas whatever the age of the child, chess can improve children’s concentration,
patience and persistence and can develop the sense of creativity, intuition, memory, and
analytic and decision-making skills; whereas chess also teaches determination, motivation
and sportsmanship;
1. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to encourage the introduction of the
programme ‘Chess in School’ in the educational systems of the Member States;
2. Calls on the Commission, in its forthcoming communication on sport, to pay the
necessary attention to the program ‘Chess in School’ and to ensure sufficient funding for
it from 2012 onwards;
3. Calls on the Commission to take into consideration the results of any studies on the
effects of this programme on children’s development;
4. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the
signatories, to the Commission and to the Parliaments of the Member States.

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