ETUCE: Participates in the implementation process of the EU 2020 and Education and Training 2020 flagship initiatives, among others, via active representation in Open Method of Coordination Working Groups of the European Commission; Monitors EU initiatives on linking education and employment, skills and jobs, learning and job forecasting and on youth employment. Participates in setting up and monitoring the implementation of EU policy on all prioritised areas of education, for instance learning mobility, teaching languages, entrepreneurship education, maths and science education, education for sustainable development, etc. Advocates the provision of quality education and monitors the set-up of quality assurance mechanisms at European and national levels; Carries forward and seeks new opportunities for cooperation with other unions and professional organisations working on education, such as the EFEE; ETUC, EPSU, ESU, ATEE, etc  

ETUCE monitors the EU policy on Early School Leaving and the implementation of benchmarks of the EU2020 flagship initiative on early school leaving. Teachers, school leaders and educational staff have key role in combating against early school leaving.


ETUCE is represented in the Open Method of Coordination Working Group of the European Commission on Early School Leaving and continue the active membership in this group. ETUCE Circular 2/2014: Collaboration on school policies to fight early school leaving reports on the work in the working group.

ETUCE was an active participant on a working group of stakeholder organisations of the European Commission working on early childhood education and care and early school leaving. ETUCE Circular 2/2012: Early Childhood Education and Care and Early School Leaving reports on the work in the working group.


ETUCE Statement on the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Early School Leaving (2011) underlines that sustainable investment to education and enhancing teachers' competences by initial and continuous professional development are essential in order to deal with pupils at risk of drop-out

ETUCE Statement: Education as a tool in the Roma inclusion policies (2011)


ETUCE carried out the project on using ICT in education to prevent early school leaving (ELFE-ESL) between November 2011 and April 2014.  ICT&ESL: Teacher Unions preventing early school leaving through the use of ICT in education resulted in ETUCE Practical Guidelines on How to Prevent Early School Leaving through the Use of ICT in Education (2014).

More information
ETUCE Circular 1/2014: Spending on education is an investment: progress in countries in 2013 describes tackling early school leaving and raising the bar in school education in light of investment to education.
ETUCE Circular 1/2014: National reforms on education and training in the light of EU policy informs member organisations about the implementation process of EU2020 and ET2020 on early school leaving.
ETUCE Circular 1/2014: Special support and training of teachers is essential to reduce early school leaving.
ETUCE Circular 3/2012: Early Childhood Education and Care and Early School Leaving
ETUCE Circular 2/2012: Social awareness about early school leaving
ETUCE Newsletter 2/2011: Prevention of early school leaving aimed at children with socioeconomically disadvantaged background