Over 600,000 education workers participated in the strike in Italy on 5 May 2015. As a result, the government met the trade unions, among them the three ETUCE member organisations, but decided to go on with the approval procedures of a draft law to reform the education staff's working conditions. In practice, this would reduce education workers' rights and increase their workload without a corresponding wage increase.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) took place on 17 May 2015. The event is celebrated worldwide with cultural and political actions to criticise the remaining discrimination against LGBTQI-persons. On this occasion, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has announced that they are preparing a new survey to better measure homo- and transphobia in Europe.

Brussels, 18 May 2015 – More than 50 civil society organisations - and among them ETUCE - have joined forces to create the 'Better Regulation Watchdog' – a network to protect citizens', workers' and consumers' rights. The network was launched today in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission's so-called 'Better Regulation' reforms.

European Commission released a new video to support its long-term mobility scheme. "Your first EURES job" helps young people aged 18-35 to find jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships in other EU countries, Norway and Iceland. The video demonstrates in practice how the scheme can be helpful for both workers and employers.

On March 24 - 25, 2015, during the meeting in Riga the BFUG (Bologna Follow-up Group) made the following recommendation: "Belarus can gain conditional access with accession now, accompanied by the Belarussian authorities to agreeing in the roadmap with the BFUG and implementing it over the next three years."

In a European society which aims to reach fundamental rights for all citizens, promoting equality for all remains important. Men and women must have the same rights and possibilities for self-realisation both in the labour market and in family life. For a truly modern country, existing double standards need to be abolished. European member states should implement measures to tackle the gender pay gap and promote organisations which provide physical and emotional support for abused and/or wronged people.