In his communication of 12 April 2017 to ETUCE, Mesut FIRAT, Eğitim Sen’s General Secretary, said: “Today, the most important for us is to share information with the education trade union movement and the public. We are in a process of further strengthening our ties with EGITIM-SEN-friendly organisations”.

Sharing its member organisations’ resentment about the Hungarian authorities’ intransparent and undemocratic approach of submitting legislative proposals, ETUCE sent a support letter to FDSZ, PSZ and PDSZ, three of ETUCE’s member organisations in Hungary, on 7 April 2017.

In the aftermath of the terror attack in Stockholm, Susan Flocken, European Director, strongly condemned the recent wave of shocking attacks on the European continent, “These attacks target innocent people and seek to threaten universal values and the common principles of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, democracy and mutual understanding.” Offering her condolences and sympathy to the injured people and families of victims, she reconfirmed the crucial role education plays in developing democratic citizenship.

On behalf of ETUCE, European Director, Susan Flocken, conveys her deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of victims of a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. “Our thoughts are with the families of innocent victims, among whom were many young people. We express our condolence for those people who were hurt and those who lost their lives that day. ETUCE stands in solidarity with the people hit by this act of violence”.

The members of the ETUCE Committee elected at the ETUCE Conference in December 2016 in Belgrade convened for their first meeting in Brussels on 3-4 April 2017. The main topic concerned the role and structure of ETUCE as the European Region within Educational International and its link to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with a specific focus on the role of the ETUCE Committee and its members, who each represent a country and in some cases several unions.

On 31 March 2017, higher education and research experts of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) met in Brussels at the occasion of the annual Working Group Meeting focusing on Higher Education and Research. During this meeting, representatives from member organisations of ETUCE and EFEE were brought together to discuss current shortcomings but also examples of best practice in the fostering of mobility and gender equality in Higher Education. Social partners were joined by European Commission representatives who provided European-wide data and gave insight into European Commission’s initiatives aiming at addressing the gender gap and enabling geographical and employment mobility. The Working Group Meeting fruitfully discussed on both of these topics.