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In these times of grim uncertainty about the future of Greece and its people, ETUCE expresses its full solidarity with its member organisations, OLME and DOE, and their members. Thousands of teachers and students have been hit hard by the severe impact of the drastic cuts in the public sector and the entire education system. With the temporary closure of the banking system, teachers' salaries cannot be paid, university loans cannot be granted and parents are unable to support their children studying in universities in Greece and abroad.

ETUCE, together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sent a letter to all Members of the European Parliament, regarding the upcoming vote on 8 July on TTIP report. In the letter EPSU/ETUCE call for: an unequivocal exclusion of ISDS, a broad carve out of public services, a strong labour chapter, the rejection of Regulatory Cooperation as foreseen. Please see the joint letter for details on these points.

On 2 July 2015 a round table meeting on the EU's proposed regulatory cooperation in TTIP was organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). In the first part of the meeting the EU chief negotiator, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, outlined the benefits of regulatory cooperation and explained the elements and conditions for regulatory cooperation, while the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), IndustriALL, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and BusinessEurope commented on the EU's proposal and expressed their recommendations.

On 25 June 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee held a conference in Brussels dedicated to the integration of legal migrants into the labour market. The event concentrated on third-countries nationals coming to the EU for family reunification, work or study. The panels featured representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, EU agencies, the OECD, companies and civil society organisations from various EU Member States.

On 25-26 June, during the European Council meeting in Brussels, the Heads of States and Governments of the EU endorsed the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) 2015, thus concluding the 2015 European Semester. The ball is now on Member States' halves, which are due to implement the endorsed Recommendations within the next 12-18 months. Proposed by the European Commission in May 2015 for each Member State - with the exception of Greece and Cyprus due to their Economic Adjustment Programmes - CSRs' main focus is on tackling unemployment and increasing employability in Europe.