Tax havens and tax tricks are a major source of revenue loss throughout Europe. Recent scandals like the Panama Papers or the Lux Leaks have further proved the gravity of the issue. The European Commission estimates the loss of tax revenues to around 1 000 billion euros each year within the European Union. In the meantime, the economic crisis has deeply affected public expenditure in Europe, leading to a context of generalised austerity and budget cuts to public services. This has resulted in a substantial loss of resources for essential sectors such as education and public services which has, in turn, led to raise in inequalities all over Europe.

The Education and Science Trade Union Federation of Moldova, ESTUFM, reported that after two months of negotiations on increasing salaries of auxiliary teaching and non-teaching staff, the Moldovan government officials suggested to increase the salaries of the latter by only 100 Lei (MDL) (4,8 EUR).

Recently the European Commission published its 2017 Report on Equality Between Women and Men in the EU. The report is structured according to the priorities of the European Commission’s 2016-2019 Strategic engagement for gender equality and focuses on 1. Increasing female labour market participation and the equal economic independence of women and men 2. Reducing gender pay, earnings and pension gaps and thus fighting poverty among women...

On 23 March 2017, German teachers will gather in the course of the book fair in Leipzig and discuss “School in Change – new approaches and successful methods”. The organisers, the German education trade union VBE in cooperation with other unions, expect about 800 participants. During the day, there will be several presentations and events covering all levels of education and all types of school. For instance, an event on working with refugee children is planned, as well as on protection of digital data.

On 20 March 2017, the German education trade union VBE and the German occupational union of doctors specialised in children and adolescents (BVKJ) gave a press conference on their demand to introduce medical personnel in schools. As chronic as well as severe illnesses, such as Diabetes, allergies or cancer, among children and adolescents increase, pupils are in need of medical attention during their time at school. There is no federal law regulating the dissemination of medication in schools.

Gender equality experts from ETUCE member organisations assembled on 20-21 March 2017 in Brussels for this years’ Standing Committee for Equality. Meeting once a year, this consultative body to the ETUCE Committee exchanges ideas and experiences on how to support affiliates to sustainably promote equal opportunities in Europe. At this Standing Committee for Equality, members had the opportunity to exchange good practices and views on How to secure diversity in Education. Member organisations discussed and proposed recommendations for the implementation of the 2016 ETUCE Conference Resolution(s) on Equality that were adopted in December 2016.