The European Semester has become an important tool for recommendations to Member States on education and training. Yearly, these recommendations contribute to education and training reforms at national level. The Annual Growth Survey 2015 is a communication from the European Commission to the Member States which kicks off the European Semester 2015 (the annual cycle of economic governance).

On 1 January 2015, Latvia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The main strategic objectives of the Latvian Presidency are the following: Competitive Europe: To work on the Investment Plan for Europe; continue the work on strengthening the Single Market; launch discussions and start working on the Energy Union; promote industrial competitiveness.

ETUCE is member of the Thematic Working Group of the European Commission on Entrepreneurship Education. The representatives of governments experts, social partners and the European Commission finalised its work and published their Final Report on Entrepreneurship Education in  November 2014. The report provides guidance to Member States to enhance their actions on improving entrepreneurship education, which may help in the long-run to reduce the high number of unemployment rate among young people in Europe.

A number of outstanding issues between the Government and the Teacher Trade Union SONK in Macedonia have brought education to a halt. The union called for strike since the government wouldn't negotiate on important issues like the penalties teachers could risk to pay following external evaluation procedures. According to the latest change of the education law, a teacher could be fined up 50 € in the monthly salary ( only around 300-400 €) if their evaluation of the students were not similar to those of the external evaluators.

Assuring Quality in Education: Policies and Approaches to School Evaluation in Europe (January 2015) - The new Eurydice report examines the two major types of school evaluation: external evaluation, conducted by evaluators who are not directly involved in school activities, and internal evaluation, where most evaluators are members of the examined school's staff.

On Monday 26 January 2015, ETUCE European Director Martin Rømer will travel to the Former Yugoslav Republic of  Macedonia to help seeking for a solution in the current severe labour conflict in the education sector. For many months, the social dialogue about several pending and urgent labour issues has been extremely difficult. When ETUCE's Macedonian member organisation SONK called for a strike in the autumn 2014, the Ministry suddenly offered to negotiate. However, it seems that it was only paying lip service. According to SONK it has never seriously engaged in real negotiations leading to effective results which prompted SONK to relaunch the strike at the beginning of the year.