Today, 28 June 2018, the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) and the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (VBE), ETUCE member organisations in Germany, jointly released a call to increase education investment in Germany, as a reaction to the European Commission’s proposal on Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) 2018. The proposed CSRs encourage Germany “to use fiscal and structural policies to achieve an upward trend in public and private investment, and in particular on education, research and innovation”.

In 2018, the ETUC Annual Gender Equality Survey focused on the position of young women in unions and in the labour market. The survey, formerly known as 8th March Survey, has been conducted by ETUC every year since 2007 aiming to assess the proportion of women in membership and decision-making positions of the trade union movement. ETUCE and its member organisations regularly contribute to the report by responding to the survey.

The European Commission has recently published a new factsheet on tackling radicalisation through education and youth action. The factsheet contains details about the work Member States are undertaking to combat radicalisation as well as the work the EU is undertaking in this area, including through Erasmus+ funded projects.

Within the context of the multiannual financial framework, the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council to establish a new “EU Rights and Values programme 2021-2027” has been now presented. A significant part of the programme will be implemented by DG EAC. The proposal highlights the following main goals and priorities for the new financing mechanism as an essential funding instrument to support human rights and democracy across the EU:

On 12 June 2018, the German Constitutional Court approved several decisions of lower levels of jurisdiction which disciplined a strike ban for some teachers who had followed a call for strike of one of the ETUCE Member Organisation in Germany, Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft, GEW. According to German Law, civil servants are not allowed to participate in a strike, irrespective of their function. GEW supported the claim of four civil servant teachers, arguing that the general strike ban for civil servants violates Article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights. It remains to be decided if GEW is to take the cases to the European Court for Human Rights.

In relation to the European Union’s recent “Progress report on the Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration” and a summary of its EU Crisis Management Tools, the European Commission has published its proposal for a “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the creation of a European network of immigration liaison officers”. The proposal states that it is consistent with other EU policies in relation to migration, specifically: Prevention of and countering of migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings, Return of illegally staying third-country nationals,...