In November 2017, alongside the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the Heads of State made education their priority and launched the European Education Area. Yet, resources to deliver on this commitment are still lagging behind jeopardizing the sustainability of education systems and upward social convergence in Europe, as well as measures aimed at closing the equity and equality gaps between those who have and those who have not. The ETUCE European Director raised concerned towards EU leaders and the social partners over low public investment as many countries have not yet recovered from decade-long austerity-driven budget cuts in the public sector.

Following the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers’ withholding of financial resources foreseen for education in the State Budget 2019, LIZDA is organising a picket on 20 March 2019 in Riga.Among other things, the Latvian education trade union calls on the Latvian Government to comply with and to implement the following decisions and pieces of legislations: The Education Law which stipulates that teachers' salary should not be lower than the salary indicated in the Schedule of Teachers’ Salary Raise for the period 2018-2020 approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia on 15 January 2018.

Today, on 15 March 2019,  FNV, FvOv, and ETUCE member organisation AOb organise the first general strike bringing together teachers, academics and other education personnel from primary, secondary, VET and higher education following the campaign week of 11 - 14 March in the Netherlands. Around 2500 schools in primary education and 35 schools in secondary education are expected to be closed that day. Furthermore, the action is to be supported by parent organisations.

Gathering high-level representatives from education trade unions in Europe as well as representatives from different actors and civil society organisations working on education, ETUCE on 12 March 2019, held a hearing in the frame of its campaign “Shaping the future of Europe with teachers” in Brussels.

The European Commission has recently released its annual Erasmus report 2017, which gives an overview of the main activities under its three key actions (mobility, cooperation, and policy support) as well as the accomplishments of its Jean Monnet and sports programmes. 2017 was a particularly busy year in terms of student and staff mobility, with approximately 800,000 people benefiting from the Erasmus Programme. 

The ETUCE Committee meeting in Brussels on 11-12 March 2019 adopted the ETUCE campaign statement “Shape the future of Europe with teachers” in light of the European Parliament elections in May 2019 and the EI Global Response campaign with a view to raise awareness on and promote the attractiveness of the teaching profession.