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Consumers (14-01-2011)

Immediate remedial action taken to correct omission of Christian holidays in Europa Diary 2010/2011

Immediate remedial action is being taken to rectify the omission of certain Christian religious holidays from the Europa Diary 2010/2011. This was a regrettable error which will be addressed by a Corrigendum sent to all teachers who ordered this edition of the Diary in all EU Member States concerned. There was never an intention to discriminate against the Christian religion in this publication.

The Europa Diary is a school Diary, for students in secondary school, aimed as a tool for homework and other school related notes. Its weekly pages include a footnote with a fact of which young people in Europe are not necessarily aware. Some of these footnotes mention holidays of other religions. This is where the regrettable omission of Christian holidays occurred.

The future edition (2011/2012), which is under way, will include the main public and religious holidays celebrated in each of the EU countries.

In addition to the pages for homework, the Diary includes about 100 pages of information for young citizens on issues related to EU activities, such as health and consumer protection, studying abroad, or environmental issues.

The Europa Diary is distributed to schools for free, upon request by teachers. It has an accompanying teacher's guide, with suggestions for using its editorial content in the class room. It has been a successful and effective tool to bring key messages about the EU to a young audience.

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