The European Commission and EURYDICE have published their review on adult education and training in Europe this week as a response to the presentation of the first results of the OECD survey on adult skills in 2013 (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies PIAAC). The report 'Adult Education and Training in Europe: Widening Access to Learning Opportunities', reminds that "around 25 % of adults (25-64) in the EU – that is around 70 million people – have not completed any formal education beyond the level of lower secondary education.

Alain Mouchoux, "a strongly committed trade union activist" and former ETUCE General Secretary from 1994 to 2002, passed away Sunday morning. As a primary school inspector Alain Mouchoux became an active member of the national school inspector's union (SNIDEN), before being elected in 1982 as National Secretary for Education of the Fédération de l'éducation nationale (FEN). He very quickly got engaged at the international level. His many competencies and human skills led to his nomination as General Secretary of Education International (EI) European region, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), for a long mandate, from 1994 until 2002. Prior to that he had chaired the Comité syndical francophone de l'éducation et de la formation (CSFEF) gathering francophone education unions.

On Monday, 16th February 2015, the regular pay negotiations for the nearly 800.000 public employees of the German federal states, the Bundesländer, were launched. About one out of four public employees works at a public school while one out of seven is employed by a public university. The unions in the German public sector, among them ETUCE-member GEW the German Education Union, demand a pay rise of 5,5 percent, with a minimum of 175 Euro per month. 

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) have published a joint report on psychosocial risk at work. The summary of the report is now available in different languages.

Different types of teaching material about the European Union are available othe European Union website: Teacher's Corner. The material can be used for classes of all age groups and there are no just information brochures but also ideas for games. Furthermore the material is divided into different topics like Economy and Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries and Safety. The material can be downloaded for free and the order of one hard copy is possible.

The European Commission (EC) advises the Member States to mainstream eLearning in the education and training policies. The topic is not sufficiently represented in most Member States, although eLearning enables people to learn wherever and whenever they want and helps teachers in supporting different personal learning needs.