On 14 November 2017, in the framework of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity Building Project III, ETUCE and EFEE gathered with Italian social partners in education at the occasion of the fourth round table of the project. This meeting, held in Rome, Italy, brought together delegations of Italian education trade unions (UIL Scuola, partner to the project, CISL Scuola, FLC-CGIL) and employers’ organisations (ANINSEI, ENAIP FORMA) representatives.

ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession. Along with this, it calls for the negotiations to prioritise the protection of employment, living standards and teachers and trade union rights instead of a free trade deal built on a platform of lower pay, pensions, social benefits, tax and standards.

In response to the DG CONNECT report on “Digitisation, Employment and Inclusiveness”, a statement adopted by the ETUCE Committee has now been published. Digitalisation is an important issue for teachers and education personnel across Europe, as addressed in our policy paper “The 21st Century Teaching Profession and the Use of ICT” which was adopted by the ETUCE Conference in 2016.

ETUCE is happy to announce that it has become a member of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Consultative Forum on Asylum Support, headquartered in La Valletta (Malta). EASO is a decentralised agency of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration. Founded in 2011, the Forum is EASO’s channel for cooperation and information exchange with civil society organisations active in asylum and refuge.

In advance of the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November, ETUCE is joining ETUC in its call on European leaders to proclaim the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and to work towards more social and equal Europe. Gender equality is one of the founding stones of the EPSR, as it sets the conditions for equal working opportunities and conditions, equal terms and conditions of career progression, and equal pay for work of equal value for men and women.

Following the European Commission’s Communication on A renewed EU agenda for higher education published in May 2017, the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament initiated a study on Modernisation of Higher Education to assess the policy developments in higher education in Europe since 2011. The study summarises the most important achievements, shortcomings and challenges in the context of the objectives set in the Commission’s 2011 agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems, and compares it with the recently initiated Renewed EU agenda for higher education.