Signing a petition for peace should never be considered a crime, but hundreds of academics in Turkey have faced more than three years of unemployment and legal turmoil for doing just that. Now the ‘Academics for Peace’ have finally been vindicated, as Turkish courts throw out accusations of terrorism and related crimes. ETUCE welcomes this victory for democracy and free speech. However, we also call on Turkish authorities to recognise the ordeal of all the education workers who were imprisoned, dismissed or forced to leave the country.

Today, on 2 September 2019, SONK, ETUCE member organisation in North Macedonia, is organising a one-day warning strike at primary and secondary education levels encompassing the whole country. Although SONK welcomes the government officials’ announcement to increase teachers’ salaries by 5 %, the education trade union considers this step insufficient.

The beginning of academic year 2019-2020 is to start with teachers’ protest in Croatia. Two of the ETUCE member organisations in the country, the Croatian Teachers’ Union and the Independent Trade Union of Workers in Secondary Education of Croatia are organising protest action on 5 September 2019.

The European Education Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders is a Europe-wide network of several organisations (policymakers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders) to promote co-operation, policy development and implementation at different governance levels, and to support the European Commission’s policy work on teachers and school leaders.

ETUCE member organisations in Greece, OLME and DOE held their Congresses on 23 - 25 and 28 - 30 June in Athens. Both organisations gave the opportunity to a representative from the ETUCE Bureau to reaffirm the solidarity from ETUCE and its member organisations as well as to show that their ongoing fight to obtain the recruitment of teachers on permanent employment contracts is not an isolated case in Europe.

In the first half of 2019, more than 290,000 applications for international protection have been received within the EU+ (meaning 28 EU member states plus Norway and Switzerland), with a particular increase in applications from Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Colombia and El Salvador, reports the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).