In the aftermath of the referendum of 16 April 2017 in Turkey, Mesut FIRAT, Eğitim Sen General Secretary, said “Despite all threats and repressions, half of the Turkish citizens voted ‘No’ which shows that people’s aspiration to democracy, equality and freedom is growing in Turkey. The presidential system adopted as a result of the referendum, has no legitimacy for us. There is also no doubt that the AKP (Justice and Development Party) will increase the oppression on its opponents by using these results.

In his communication of 12 April 2017 to ETUCE, Mesut FIRAT, Eğitim Sen’s General Secretary, said: “Today, the most important for us is to share information with the education trade union movement and the public. We are in a process of further strengthening our ties with EGITIM-SEN-friendly organisations”.

Sharing its member organisations’ resentment about the Hungarian authorities’ intransparent and undemocratic approach of submitting legislative proposals, ETUCE sent a support letter to FDSZ, PSZ and PDSZ, three of ETUCE’s member organisations in Hungary, on 7 April 2017.

In the aftermath of the terror attack in Stockholm, Susan Flocken, European Director, strongly condemned the recent wave of shocking attacks on the European continent, “These attacks target innocent people and seek to threaten universal values and the common principles of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, democracy and mutual understanding.” Offering her condolences and sympathy to the injured people and families of victims, she reconfirmed the crucial role education plays in developing democratic citizenship.

On behalf of ETUCE, European Director, Susan Flocken, conveys her deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of victims of a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. “Our thoughts are with the families of innocent victims, among whom were many young people. We express our condolence for those people who were hurt and those who lost their lives that day. ETUCE stands in solidarity with the people hit by this act of violence”.

The members of the ETUCE Committee elected at the ETUCE Conference in December 2016 in Belgrade convened for their first meeting in Brussels on 3-4 April 2017. The main topic concerned the role and structure of ETUCE as the European Region within Educational International and its link to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with a specific focus on the role of the ETUCE Committee and its members, who each represent a country and in some cases several unions.