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On 25-26 May 2015, in Baku, a two day regional education conference on "Innovation strategies for supporting transition to a 12-year education system" was co-organised by the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, gathering international education experts from Central and West Asia.

In May 2015, thousands of unemployed teachers were demonstrating in Turkey. They protested against the high rate of unemployment and called for the creation of new employment opportunities in the teaching profession. According to the banners, 40,000 teachers are waiting to be appointed. The protests took place after the latest report about the rising unemployment was published. The report says that the current unemployment rate in Turkey is 11 % meaning around five million people. At the same time, the youth unemployment rate is 19 %.

On Monday, 8 June 2015 the members of the European Parliament are to debate about the new EU strategy for equality between men and women. The current strategy has defined priorities for action between 2010 and 2015 in the European Union and their member states, such as equal economic independence, equal pay for equal work of equal value and equality in decision making positions. The strategy phases out at the end of 2015. Therefore there is the need for a new strategy.

The European Parliament's president, Martin Schulz, decided yesterday evening to suspend the planned plenary vote on the EP's recommendations on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and to send the amendments back to the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament. Also the plenary discussion was postponed with the tight vote of 183 in favour and 181 against the delay on Wednesday morning. It is now uncertain when the vote will take place.

In May 2015, ETUCE had joined forces with more than 50 civil society organisations  and launched the  'Better Regulation Watchdog' which is a network to protect citizens', workers' and consumers' rights. A few days ago, the Better Regulation Watchdog Network took action and sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament. The letter was sent in reaction to the European Commission's recent proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement and the Commission communication on Better Regulation for Better Results.

The Trade Union of Education and Science of Republic Tajikistan (TUESRT) was founded in 1932 and has been active ever since. TUESRT represents 120,000 members 60,000 of which are students. Research and monitoring had shown that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union retraining of trade union leaders had not been conducted and it was necessary to raise their awareness of the current national legislation.