The principles of respect for law, integrity and fair competition should be the fundamentals of the
functioning of every education system.
The second sub-theme entitled “Ethical behaviour and integrity in education” will take as its
starting point the assumption that a quality education (as defined by the CoE) cannot take place
in undemocratic institutions where the rights of major stakeholders (students, teachers, parents)
are not taken into account, where the principles mentioned above are not the rule and where staff
is not committed towards the teaching profession.
Lack of integrity and unethical behaviour are not consistent with one of the main the missions of
education: forming responsible citizens respectful of law and human rights. Furthermore, with
increased student mobility in Europe today, the ministers could also examine the proliferation of
cases of fraud and corruption in higher education and research as well as in distance higher