Valerie Vaz MP David Lidington MP Lecturers Italy

Our thanks to Valerie Vaz MP (below)  for the question in the House of Commons and to UK Minister for Europe David Lidington MP for his reply.

University Teaching: Italy

TEXT:

20. Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs What the outcome was of his recent meeting with the president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy on the rights of UK citizens teaching in universities in Italy; and if he will make a statement. [22546]

Mr Lidington: I met the President of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy, Professor Petrie, on 28 October. I said that I would raise the issue with the Italian Minister for European Affairs, the Italian ambassador to the UK and the European Commissioner for Employment. Our British embassy in Rome will also meet members of the association and Italian Government officials.

It is wrong and contrary to the spirit of non-discrimination in the single market that the “lettori” should still be denied their rights. I shall continue to press the Italian Government on this issue.

LINK:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101109/text/101109w0002.htm#10110964000011

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2 Responses to Valerie Vaz MP David Lidington MP Lecturers Italy

  1. John Young says:

    Thank you to Valerie Vaz MP and Minister Lidington for bringing this matter before the House and for the appropriately worded statement. The discrimination against Lettori is indeed both “wrong” and “contrary to the spirit of (…) the single market”. It has also been going on for nearly three decades (twenty-five years out of one person’s life and career in my own typical case) – proof that no amount of fine words will force the Italian State into action on the issue. The UK and other EU governments and the Commission itself should exert all possible political and economic pressure on Italy to bring the country finally into line with the spirit – and the letter – of Community law.

  2. Ian James Gavin says:

    Thank you to Valerie Vaz MP and Minister Lidington .This disgraceful and “morally wrong” discrimination of foreign lecturers in Italian universities must be brought to an end immediately if Community Law is to regain any credibility . A quarter of a century is a long time and we have suffered enough.
    Let’s hope that your efforts are not met with even more delaying tactics from the Italian government.

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