Why CPE Mamer Can Not Move to Mamer?

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

According to the Decision of the Member States of 8 April 1965, Article 9 states:

“Sont, en outre, installés à Luxembourg les services suivants de la Commission:

  • l’Office statistique et le service de la mécanographie;
  • les services d’hygiène et de sécurité du travail de la Communauté économique européenne et de la Communauté européenne du charbon et de l’acier;
  • la direction générale de la diffusion des connaissances, la direction de la protection sanitaire, la direction du contrôle de sécurité de la Communauté européenne de l’énergie atomique, ainsi que l’infrastructure administrative et technique appropriée.”

I believe this article is still in force, or was confirmed in Edinburgh in 1992.

This means that the CPE requires to be built within the Luxembourg City boundary as it is part of the Commission services, unlike the school.

I cannot see how this could be open to discussion or sudden reinterpretation after all these years. Nor would one expect the Commission, as guardian of the treaties, to attempt to find ways to circumvent it. Surely the other affected institutions such as the Court of Justice, even in its capacity as an employer, would insist that the Commission and the Luxembourg authorities respect the fixed and firm arrangements.

So how is it possible to build the CPE in Bertrange if all parties have already formally committed to Luxembourg-Ville?


  1. The Lux II School will be situated in MAMER and even if part of the land “officially” belongs to the Commune of Bertrange we all know that we will have to drive our children out of Luxembourg (to Mamer)!

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960