1. The Committee on Culture, Science and Education broadly
supports the report by Mr Mota Amaral, Rapporteur of the Political
Affairs Committee. In this context it wishes to recall its own reports
and Assembly recommendations on related subjects in the last few
2. Emphasis should in our view be placed on the importance of
education, both for democratic citizenship, human rights education,
education about religions and education to overcome perceived differences
(for instance, on the history of others).
3. In our view, in order to avoid extremism directed against
Muslim communities living in Europe, these communities should be
encouraged to integrate with the local societies. This would prevent
Muslim communities from suffering from discrimination connected
with social exclusion. However, this integration should not come
at the expense of the cultural identity of these communities. Therefore,
the cultural identity of these communities should be preserved.