On 15 April 2019, the European Council adopted the Directive on Copyright in the digital single market, widely known as the EU Copyright Directive, with a majority of 19 Member States in favour, 6 objecting, and 3 abstaining, highlighting the contentious nature of the legislation. This adoption confirms the European Parliament’s confirmatory vote on 26 March, and, ensures that, as per the EU Ordinary legislative procedure, the Directive is implemented by EU Member States in the next two years.

On 11 April 2019, two reports on the European Pillar of Social Rights’ influence over the European Semester – the yearly cycle of coordination of economic and social policies at EU level - and on trade unions’ role in influencing the Semester have been published. They represent the first outcomes released in the framework of the European Commission-funded project Public Service Trade Unions – Effective Intervention in the European Semester. The project is coordinated by the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU), the University of Nottingham and the European Social Observatory (OSE), with ETUCE’s support.

In light of the ongoing strike action in education in Poland that had begun on 8 April 2019, a big number of ETUCE member organisations have been addressing strong messages of support and solidarity backing teachers’ and other education personnel’s demands for a salary increase that follows failed negotiations with the Polish Government.

The ETUCE Campaign Shape the Future of Europe with Teachers aims to promote the attractiveness of the teaching profession and to raise awareness of the challenges to education staff in light of the elections for the European Parliament and the global response campaign against privatisation and commercialisation of education. In this context, we wish to inform you of the European demonstration for A Fairer Europe for Workers to be held on Friday 26 April 2019 in Brussels. This large-scale demonstration is organised by the European Trade Union Confederation for the European Parliament elections.

Following the announcement of the ETUCE member organisations in Serbia about the protest action for early childhood education (ECE) to, among other things, increase ECE teachers’ salaries, the Government of the Republic of Serbia held an urgent session and accepted the demands of the education trade unions.

ETUCE member organisation in the Republic of North Macedonia, SONK, informs about a series of protest actions in the public sector which is to culminate in a massive public protest or general strike should the government officials not respond to the demands of public service workers.