On 27 April 2018, the Working Group meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the need for digital skills for students and teachers for inclusive education, the European digital education action plan, the use of European Social Funds (ESF) on education and training, and the overall Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) post-2020 as a key tool for Europe to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by 2030.

By the end of April 2018, new agreements for a three year period for all 745,000 public employees in Denmark have been reached. The agreements are to be sent out for ballots within the trade unions - and the results are to be released on 6 June 2018. If the majority within a trade union vote against the agreement, strike and lockout may be effective as at 11 June 2018.

On 3 May 2018, European and Luxembourgish social partners came together to discuss how the social partners could contribute to make the teaching profession more attractive during the seventh round table meeting of the European sectoral social dialogue in education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III. ETUCE and EFEE were hosted by project partner and ETUCE member organisation SNE/CGFP. They were joined by the Luxembourgish Minister of Education, Childhood and Youth, Mr Claude Meisch, representatives of Fédération des Universitaires au Service de l’Etat (FEDUSE) and representatives of the Belgian social partners members of EFEE and ETUCE, namely from the Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen and ACOD-Onderwijs.

Recently, ETUCE attended the 4th European Migration Forum, this year focuses on more inclusive labour market for migrants. Commissioner Avramopoulos of DG Migration mentioned that “the integration in the labour market is more crucial than ever at a moment when the migration situation at our external borders has started to stabilize. For those who have obtained a legal right to stay in the European Union it is essential, and even urgent, that we now focus on their integration into our societies” He continued emphasing the role of social partners “Apart from the recent EU initiative with the employers....

On 25 – 27 April 2018, ETUCE held training seminar in Lisbon titled “Education trade unions promoting the use of ICT for inclusive education”. More than thirty participants from education trade unions from across Europe attended the seminar. Opening the first session of the seminar, ETUCE European Director Susan Flocken stated “New technologies offer huge opportunities and potential for education. We must also be aware of the challenges they create, such as cyberbullying, data protection and potential commercialisation and marketisation of education. We as education trade unions need to discuss this and support how ICT can be used for inclusive education.”

Teacher training should be sufficiently addressed in social dialogue and collective agreements and lead to the increase of the status of teaching profession in the society. These are the conclusions of the third regional seminar of the ETUCE project “Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession - Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue” which took place in Rome, Italy, on 26-27 April 2018.