Today, on 5 November 2014, European sectoral social partners in education ETUCE and EFEE, and European cross-sectoral social partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, UAEPME, CEEP) discussed with the Education Committee of the Council of the European Union on the economic case for education and training in the context of the mid-term revision of the EU2020 Strategy. The social partners and the representatives of the ministries of education welcomed the initiative of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union of inviting the European-level social partner organisations to explain their views on investing in education.

National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education 2014/15: This report analyses the student fees and support systems (grants and loans) across European countries. It covers 33 European countries of the Eurydice network. The report finds that in most European countries, a minority of students receive support in the form of grants and they are often allocated on a combination of need-based and merit-based criteria.

Although female political representation across Europe has increased, it is happening at a slow pace. The most influential leadership roles in the European Parliament remain dominated by men. This raises questions about the possible need to resort to stronger measures to improve female representation in the EU institutions.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling on EI affiliates to support their request to the TIME magazine to apologize to teachers. The reason for this campaign is the outrageous cover of the November issue of this world press magazine which blames teachers for the problems in schools. While the sensationalist cover provides a misleading attack on education staff dedicated to their profession and their students, the articles inside the magazine present a more balanced view of the issues.

The NASUWT, one of the EI/ETUCE affiliates from the UK, has been engaged in a long-running and creative campaign of industrial action designed to protect teachers but also to be friendly to pupils, parents and the public. The industrial action campaign, also referred to as Standing up for Standards is focused on asking members of the Union to "walk the line" on working conditions which teachers themselves believe are essential to the provision of the highest quality teaching and learning for pupils. The campaign prioritises a range of measures designed to protect its member's jobs, pay and working conditions through industrial action short of strike action.

The European Ombudsman runs a public consultation on transparency of the TTIP negotiations until 31 October. ETUCE encourages all member organisations to contribute to the consultation. ETUCE has continuously requested the European Commission to improve transparency in relation to the TTIP negotiations and to involve stakeholders in an active and meaningful way. The ETUCE response highlights the different nature of the TTIP negotiations from past trade negotiations, which require a different and much more transparent approach.