Following the decision of the ESTUS Executive Board, Education and Science Trade Union of Slovenia, which was taken unanimously on 30 November 2017, the resolution on a strike on 14 February 2018 in the education sector of Slovenia has passed. Now education employees have to decide on this matter.The president of the Executive Board, Jelka Velički, explained that the education trade union members will cast their ballots in 767 education institutions between 6 and 13 December 2017. According to the procedure, the general strike will take place should more than half of the education institutions vote in favor of it.

Today, on 12 December 2017, the PO front organises a strike to protest against the state budget cuts in the education sector.The amount allocated for primary education in next year’s State budget proves to contain a sum of 270 million € to increase teachers’ salaries. However, this amounts to only a fraction of the 1.4 billion € necessary to catch up with salaries of teachers in other sectors.

On 5 December 2017, a joint meeting of the Youth Council of the Belarussian Trade Union of Education and Science, BTUWES, and the Council of Young Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus was held in the Belarus National Academy of Sciences, in Minsk. The First Deputy Minister of Education of Belarus, Vadim Bogush, BTUWES President, Aliaksandr Boika, the Head of the Supreme Attestation Committee of Belarus, Palchik Gennady, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology, Shcherbakov Sergey, as well as  the President of the united sectorial trade union organisation of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Kitikov Vadim, took part in the round table.

On 5 December 2017, the first hearing takes place in Istanbul Caglayan Courthouse for the court cases of 5 academics dismissed after signing the declaration "Academics for Peace" in the wake of the failed coup attempt.

Eurydice has published its annual report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education 2017/18. The report provides statistics and a comparative overview on the funding of 42 national and regional higher education systems in Europe, looking at fees for both full time and part time students in Bachelor level and Master level cycles of higher education, as well as the financial support available for these students.

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan on the Gender Pay Gap for 2017-2019. The Action Plan was presented recently at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights 2017 by Commissioner Jourova. The colloquium focused on the topic of “Women’s Rights in Turbulent Times”.