The European Commission published its reform proposals on Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in a concept paper on 5 May 2015. While the Commission's proposal envisions an international investment court with tenured judges in the long run, in the meantime it wants to include ISDS provisions in TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada) and other agreements.

On 9 May 2015 European citizens commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Schuman declaration when in 1950, Robert Schuman, France's foreign minister, sparked the creation of what is now the European Union by calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their production of coal and steel. In times when Europe again is struggling to find a common path and when solidarity seems to have been forgotten, ETUCE joins European citizens in celebrating the pioneers who sought to create a better future through a unified and solidary Europe.

ETUCE's German member organisation GEW announced today the results of the ballot on indefinite strikes in the social and educational service facilities. According to GEW, not less than 96,37 % of their members voted in favour of this drastic but already inevitable step. At the same time, ver.di which is the second largest German trade union has reached 93,44% in this strike ballot.

The European Agency for special needs and inclusive education published a summary report on organisation of provision to support inclusive education. The report is based on a project the agency launched between 2011 and 2013 and answers the question on "how systems of provision are organised to meet the needs of learners identified as having disabilities [...] in inclusive settings within the compulsory school sector".

ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) published the book « Les risques au travail. Pour ne pas perdre sa vie à la gagner». The book provides an overview about the occupational health and safety risks in different working areas. The global team of authors has found improvements in many working areas, due to the fact that the public discussion on social politics includes more and more health and safety at the workplace. 

The Italian trade unions, among them the three ETUCE member organisations, oppose their government's current plans to reduce education workers' rights and to increase their workload without a corresponding wage increase. Apparently, the proposed amendments are to be made entirely without the trade unions being involved. The last collective agreement in Italian education expired in 2009. Instead of extending it, the Italian government had submitted to the Parliament a draft law to reform the education staff's working conditions.