On 17 February 2017, Federal states’ education personnel and other public services employees reached a new wage agreement. The agreement followed the series of warning strikes in the public sector called in the previous three weeks around the country and supported, among others, by ETUCE member organisations in Germany, GEW and VBE.

On 21 February 2017, the Presidency of Council of the European Union, along with the European Central Bank and the European Commission, held the yearly Macroeconomic dialogue meeting with European social partners. The purpose of this event was to discuss recent trends in the European economy and develop policy strategies, with a focus on fiscal policies’ impact in the target of improving growth.

On 16 December 2016, Bulgarian Union of Teachers (SEB) held a ceremony awarding the best directors of schools and kindergartens, journalists, leaders of SEB, and mayors in Bulgaria for 2016. The ceremony, which took place in Park Hotel “Moscow”, in Sofia, was the final stage of the four prestigious national competitions of SEB: "Unionists of the Year", "Best Social Partner – Director", "Journalist of the year", and "Best Social partner - Mayor".

In December 2016, professor Asylbek Toktogulov, President of Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan, was awarded an honorary title “Teachers’ defender 2016” by the national magazine of science and pedagogy “Mugalim”. The award ceremony was held in the National Children and Youth Centre “Seytek” where the award was handed to Asylbek Toktogulov by Rahat Sulaymanova, chief editor of the magazine.

On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education published a study on the monitoring and assessment of migrant education in the European Union. The data was collected by means of a literature review and questionnaires completed by experts from education ministries in 27 EU countries. The report shows that most EU countries have established educational policies for immigrant children, however, these policies are often not monitored or assessed with regard to their adequacy.

After the European Parliament voted in favour of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, educators will continue to fight this treaty that threatens to erode public education. While the European Parliament endorsed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on 15 February, the agreement could face an uneasy road ahead when 38 national or regional Parliaments in the EU member states get to decide on its ratification.