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Thursday, March 20, 2003  

Check this one out, today is called in Europe "Spring Day". The Spring day is a day for propagandising in schools across the continent about how simply spiffing the EU is.

Message from Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission
20/03/03


Even in difficult, tension-filled days like these, none of you should forget that European integration has to keep moving forward.

Dear young Europeans,

Even in difficult, tension-filled days like these, none of you should forget that European integration has to keep moving forward.

World crises and rifts between Member State governments are an added reason for -- not against -- greater European unity tomorrow.

The brief past of our united Europe tells of divides bridged, of countries separated by world wars and later by the Cold War, and then gradually starting to work together in the awareness of a shared destiny.

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But tomorrow's European Union cannot be built without its young people and certainly not on opposition to them. So it is vital for your generation to take part in the European integration process, even if you are critical of it, taking a constructive attitude based on accurate information, the free exchange of ideas and openness to dialogue.

Spring Day in Europe is an opportunity for you to grasp the challenges and possibilities that lie before you, a chance to be heard and to express your ideas. Over 5 000 schools throughout Europe -- and in some countries beyond too -- are taking part in today's discussion on our continent's future. Together with the sponsors, Michel Barnier, Ana Palacio, Georgios Katiforis, Henning Christophersen and Olivier Duhamel, I want to thank all the teachers and organisers. I hope the event will bring you even closer on the issues that concern Europe and that it may help to put Europe's future on a sounder and surer footing.

So kiddies, even if you do not agree you should say so and we will ignore you and carry on intergrating anyway

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