Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Answer to a written question – Confucius Institutes in the EU – E-006751/2020(ASW)

EN
E-006751/2020
Answer given by Ms Gabriel
on behalf of the European Commission
(8.3.2021)

1. The Commission would be concerned about any misuse of international academic cooperation by third-country governments, nationals or institutions. Europe’s higher education and research sectors are built on the principles of academic freedom, integrity and autonomy, which are also reflected in the European Higher Education Area1 initiative.

Furthermore, Article 13 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights2
mandates that the arts and scientific research shall be free of constraint and academic freedom shall be respected.

2. The Commission takes action to encourage, support and complement Member States’ activities in the field of education, while respecting their overall responsibility for educational policy, pursuant to Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Agreements to host Confucius Institutes are taken by the education institutions under the principle of academic autonomy. As such, the management of Confucius Institutes is not within the Commission’s competence.

3. More generally, in 2020, the Commission discussed with Member States the need for Europe’s higher education and research sectors to be more aware of potential misuse of international academic cooperation and to be better armed against it. Formal recommendations have not been issued yet.

1 Paris communiqué of 2018:
http://www.ehea.info/media.ehea.info/file/2018_Paris/77/1/EHEAParis2018_Communique_final_952771.pdf

2 https://fra.europa.eu/en/eu-charter/article/13-freedom-arts-and-sciences

See question(s) : E-006751/2020 Source : © European Union, 2021 – EP

Source: Answer to a written question – Confucius Institutes in the EU – E-006751/2020(ASW)