On 7 December 2017, the Council of the EU adopted Council Conclusions on Enhanced measures to reduce horizontal gender segregation in education and employment. The Conclusions are based on the report ‘Gender segregation in education, training, and the labour market’ prepared by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) at the request of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. ETUCE had an opportunity to review and contribute to the EIGE report before it was presented to the Council.

At the end of September 2016, the planning of the cooperation project “Partnership on promoting education policy capacity, advocacy and school development in Georgia was launched with the Danish Upper Secondary School Teachers’ National Trade Union, GL visiting the offices of the Educators and Scientists Free Trade Union of Georgia, ESFTUG. The GL-ESFTUG Solidarity Project is implemented with the support of the Foreign Ministry of Denmark and the Civil Society Foundation in Development (CISU) since June 2017.

According to the results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) published in December 2017, students in the Russian Federation had the highest average reading achievement score (581) and more than one-fourth of its students reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. Conducted every 5 years by IMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, PIRLS is an international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade in 50 countries world-wide. 

In mid-2017, the National Trade Union of Education, Science and Culture Workers of Uzbekistan, NTUESCWU, regained its membership in EI and joined the ETUCE family.
By way of introduction the ETUCE Secretariat interviewed Ravshan Bedilov, NTUESCWU President.

Trade union leaders from across Europe meeting in Brussels on 13-14 December 2017, at the occasion of the ETUC Executive Committee meeting, reaffirmed their commitment to quality jobs for all working people – and agreed that creating quality jobs should be a top priority for European economic policy.

Today, 14 December 2017, the public sector confederations, GSEE, as well as ADEDY to which OLME and DOE, ETUCE member organisations in Greece, are affiliated, are protesting the agreement reached between the Greek government and European and international institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund) on 15 June 2017, touching upon labour market and further privatisation patterns.