“The British government continues to take this case very seriously”. David Lidington, UK Minister for Europe

We are most grateful to Conservative MP for East Hampshire Mr Damian Hinds, who serves on the UK Parliamentary Education Committee, for continuing to seek guarantees from the government on its commitment to ensuring equal treatment and the application of European Court of Justice rulings in Italy.

Damian Hinds MP

See Minister Lidington’s reply to Mr Hinds dated 26 February 2011 Hinds – Lidington

His letter refers to article 26 of Italian law 240 which “extinguishes” pending legal cases of lettori in Italy. There was a huge furore in the UK parliament over what some see excessive interference from European Courts. The UK government pledges to uphold its Treaty obligations – it should be equally vigilant in seeing that Italy does the same. Under EU law the European Court of Justice rules on principles of law and leaves the member states to implement. Far from doing so – the Berlusconi government has legislated in order to prevent, rather than implement, the application of the ECJ rulings. Unprecedented in the history of the EU. A very dangerous precedent for the future of the European Union.

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2 Responses to “The British government continues to take this case very seriously”. David Lidington, UK Minister for Europe

  1. Mary Margarita Findlow says:

    At last someone seems to be taking this matter seriously – about time, after so many years of battling for Lettori’s rights by David Petrie. I agree it could be a dangerous precedent for Europe.

  2. sarah Knight says:

    Italian universities have always been a law unto themselves. Italian students have to cope with a badly organised, tortuous system with cannot in any way be compared with other European systems of higher education. It is not rare for students to still be struggling on with their degrees in their late twenties and thirties. The majority of exams are oral and highly subjective with students having no form of redress- just their word against that of the professors. The long-standing discriminatory treatment of foreign language lettori is just another example of not making the best use of available resources and not enabling students to compete in a highly competitive world.

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