"To counter terrorism, we must invest in culture and development", says President of the Socialist & Democrat MEPs

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In an interview given to Euroactiv following the Brussels attacks and the setting up of a European team of national experts on counterterrorism by the European Council, the President of the group of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, Italian MEP Gianni Pittella, stressed that from this tragedy, as from the migration crisis, Europe must turn into a more political Union, capable to face global threat and invest in culture and development.

Pittella reaffirmed the need to eradicate both marginalisation and socio-economic injustices, which are the roots of hatred and violence. As S&D Group leader, he also urged European leaders to forge an integrated strategy to improve security but also to invest in culture, integration and development of the less-well off areas.

This important statement proves to be in line with the recommendations promoted in a report that Julie authored, adopted by the European Parliament last January on 'the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values'.

Read Gianni Pittella's interview on Euractiv here.