On 22 February 2017, ETUCE held the first Advisory Group meeting in the new project “Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession. Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue.” The project seeks to build the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs and to enhance teachers’ professional issues as a crucial matter of social dialogue in the education sector. It is designed for two years (2017-2018) and co-funded by the European Commission.

Expressing their continued solidarity with their Turkish colleagues, EI/ETUCE has organised a second mission to Ankara, Turkey. Today and tomorrow, representatives from 11 member organisations from Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are on site. They wish to obtain a first-hand impression of the current situation, as well as an overview of the scope and impact that the application of the emergency decree has on education personnel and citizens in Turkey. Most of all, the aim is to strengthen and reconfirm education trade unions’ solidarity with the Turkish education community.

Between April 2016 and February 2017, the Swiss Dachverband Lehrer und Lehrerinnen Schweiz (LCH) has published a series on teacher’s health in their monthly magazine. The LCH carried out a comprehensive project on teachers’ health in Switzerland, aiming at strengthening health promotion and health protection in Swiss schools and eventually establishing an occupational health management at every school throughout the country.

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".