Answer given by M. Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission (17.8.2012)
The European Schools are managed by an intergovernmental organisation. A decision on a horizontal split requires unanimity in its Board of Governors (BoG). The Commission has sympathies for this idea, but regarding Luxembourg I and II it was rejected by the BoG in 2003, and the decision could not be reversed later on. Luxembourg II opens in September 2012, specifically equipped for all kindergarten and school levels.
All but one of the Member States, whose national languages are taught at Luxembourg II voted for the present language section distribution in 2004, respectively accepted it upon accession.
Thus a BoG decision to have the Luxembourg school system analysed in view of a horizontal split is unlikely.
The Commission supports the transport plan developed by the parents’ association (ATSEE), Luxembourg II and the Luxembourg government.
The plan foresees, i.a., a train station, several public and 15 special school bus lines from and to the pupils’ residences, and shuttles from and to collection points close to the workplaces. This service will cover up to 5 stops before school and 1 secured reception area after school.
ATSEE organises late shuttles leaving at 6 p.m. the after-school childcare (CPE V) for Luxembourg I.
In the interest of the children, CPE V is on the school site and late shuttles are ensured. It is not intended to complement this by childcare facilities elsewhere.
There is agreement on the organisation of the bus lines. Luxembourg is expected to pay for the shuttles to and directly after school. Discussions about the 15 school bus lines are on-going. A decision is expected shortly.
The fees for the adult supervision in the (late) shuttles organised by ATSEE are transport costs covered by the education allowance for school children.