On 30 March, the Committee for Civil Liberties and Justice Affairs of the European Parliament will hold a public hearing on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union. Speakers at the event are, among others, Iverna Mc Gowan representing Amnesty International and Gabriel Toggenburg from the European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA). At the event, the report on the impact of the crisis on fundamental rights across Member States of the EU is discussed. It compares seven member states and concludes that economic and social rights in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal are strongly affected by the crisis.

News about Finland "scrapping the school subjects" have been spreading around the world for the last couple of days. ETUCE asked the Finnish teachers' trade union, OAJ about the facts on the news. OAJ has over 120 000 members representing about 95% of the teachers in the country.According to Mr. Jaakko Salo, special advisor of OAJ "this piece of news is simply quite incorrect, Finland is not giving up school subjects. Actually our National Board of Education also corrected this false information on 26 March."

During the last days, many thousands of teachers and educators in different German towns have laid down their work again and joined the warning strikes. According to ETUCE Member organisation GEW, the reason for this was that even in the third round of negotiations which took place last week the employers were still not prepared to make concessions in negotiations. Apparently, they keep refusing to come up with a wage offer unless the unions do not step back on the issue of the supplementary pension provisions.

On 5 March 2015, the organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on Boosting Productivity in Russia, Skills, Education and Innovation. The paper highlights the importance of preparing students for a skill-based economy and shows a connection between problems in the Russian labour market and the badly equipped education system. The education system has unequally distributed opportunities for students in higher education and low financial support for institutions, while the labour market has high turnovers and wage differences. 

At the ETUCE Committee meeting on 19 March 2015, ETUCE presented its final survey report following recent project "Promoting the potentials of the European sectoral social dialogue in education by addressing new challenges and exploring experience and knowledge". The report is now available in English, French, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Croatian and Lithuanian.

"The Plataforma Estatal por la Escuela Pública​", an alliance of organisations aiming for the protection of the public education system in Spain, has called for a strike at the public universities on 24 March 2015. Among the demonstrating people who will follow this call and lay down their work, are also the members of ETUCE's Spanish affiliates, F.E.CC.OO and FETE/UGT.