traditions, customs and history within a British context but what does it mean to be Welsh in Europe? What does it mean to be a European citizen? What do I understand about being Welsh and a member of the EU?
peace on a continent previously ravaged by war. In fact, this year, the EU received the Nobel Peace prize to celebrate this achievement. The importance of being part of a larger political bloc in a globalised world in which size matters has helped greatly. A European Charter of Human Rights and a Common foreign security policy has also contributed to this success. As a result, Wales and Europe have benefited immensely.
going about their business in EU member states have been forced to lower the prices of their products to become more competitive. As a Welsh and European citizen you can ‘shop around’ for bargains. No customs tax is charged on goods that are sold or transported between member states. The EU also tries to make each market as similar as possible to ensure fair competition across national borders.
working together in the EU member countries can ensure our concerns are heard, and taken more seriously, on the international stage. When the EU speaks it represents about 500 million people. This is more than the combined population of the United States & Russia!
greater protection for workers: The European Working Time Directive is an EU initiative designed to protect workers from exploitation by employers. The directive lays down regulations on matters such as how many breaks an employee can take, and how many holidays they are entitled to each year. It also aims to limit the average time an employee can be compelled to work to 48 hours a week.
protection: The Environment knows no border and so the only effective way to tackle environmental pollution is through international co-operation and action. Britain has cleaner water, cleaner air and cleaner beaches because of action at the EU level .
social inclusion: The EU has done a lot of work to raise the standard of equality for its citizens. Through EU directives citizens are protected from employment discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability and age.
are more educated about our national neighbours. We are more aware of the linguistic wealth of Europe as well as its diversity of customs and traditions at all levels. This awareness has blossomed from tolerance into appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the European Continent.
position in Europe, in order to reap full benefit both culturally and economically, in order to appreciate and be fully appreciated within our European family it is important to communicate in other people’s languages. How else can we continue to develop greater understanding and create a better standard of living?
another language makes it possible to move and find a job in another country. It improves your employment potential. Business is global! It makes Welsh employees more economically attractive in this difficult economic climate. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills and international experience are crucial for employment and career. This mobility in the labour market helps create new jobs and stimulate economic growth.
English. It greatly benefits reading and writing in our own language; there's evidence that, like musical education, it contributes significantly to the development of individual intelligence; and concretely it improves overall results at school.
world around you and to make you more open-minded to other people and their culture and what they can offer. Conversely, to lose a language is to lose a whole culture. This realisation has led to determined efforts to preserve minority languages, including, for example, in Britain, with the renaissance of the Welsh and Gaelic languages.