Today, on 20 September 2016, various social partners are meeting with Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, at the Roundtable on digital skills for the European labour force. This meeting is a starting point for the creation of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition that will be launched in December 2016.

On 5 and 6 September, the second training seminar of the current project “Investing in Education: Strengthening the involvement of teacher trade unions in the European Semester on education and training” was carried out successfully in Vilnius, Lithuania. Teacher trade unions’ representatives from the Baltic, Central and Eastern, Northern and Anglo-Saxon European regions met to acquire specific knowledge on the European Semester on education and training, to discuss the effects of the European Semester on education reforms and investments, as well as to set strategies to influence the process both at national and at European level. The Training Seminar was organised in cooperation with FLESTU (Lithuanian Education Employees Trade Union).

On 8 September 2016, the ETUCE and EFEE held the Social dialogue Round Table meeting in Budapest, Hungary, to promote social dialogue in the education sector. The Round Table is part of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) capacity building project II.

On request for support by the Latvian  member organisation of ETUCE, the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), ETUCE has addressed a letter to the Latvian government recalling the role of social dialogue in improving the quality and the sustainability and in building the prosperity of the education system in the country.

The education department of ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) is launching a new course entitled “Workers’ Representation and Effective Supervision of Occupational Health and Safety”, which is to be held from 13 to 14 December 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

On 3 to 5 August 2016 the Trade Union Committee of Education and Science Workers of Tajikistan organised a workshop on basic concepts of the trade union and its role in defending the rights of teachers. The workshop is a part of the EI/ETUCE Central Asia Consortium Project and took place in Istarafshan, Tajikistan.