Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and honorary president of EUYO: Save the EUYO
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Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and honorary president of EUYO
Update 31 May 2016: The European Commission has placed the EUYO case on their agenda, and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has requested a solution to be found to save the organisation tomorrow. If a solution is not found by July, the orchestra will close.
The European Union Youth Orchestra has been a pioneer for breaking down national and cultural boundaries throughout Europe for the past forty years, including its first forays into the old Eastern Bloc in the 1980s. The orchestra's funding was moved from the EU itself (having been a cultural ambassador until 2013) to the Creative Europe programme, and as of now this has been removed, leaving the only apparent option to cease operations from 1 September. All member states are behind the continuation of this orchestra as a cultural ambassador, and they and we request a reconsideration of the conditions that have brought about this tragic circumstance.