More than 15,000 Turkish education employees, among them EGITIM SEN members, have been dismissed from their duties by the Turkish government based on suspicions about their alleged involvement in the Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ). The Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has prohibited all academics from travelling abroad until further notice.

On the night of 14 July 2016 in Nice, the terrible attack has taken innocent people’s lives and injured many people among whom are teachers and many children. ETUCE is in deep shock and expresses its profound condolences for the families of the victims of this inhuman act. In deep and sincere sympathy with the French people, ETUCE calls upon its member organisations to continue the promotion of peace and reinforce their determination to tackle and prevent through education all forms of violence, aggression, radicalism and discrimination which lead to extremism and terrorism.

On 1 July 2016, Slovakia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The general priorities of the Slovak Presidency are economy, migration and globalisation. The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS) will meet on 21-22 November 2016 and is going to adopt the following policy documents:

On 1 July 2016 the Turkish ETUCE member organisation EGITIM-SEN informed the ETUCE Secretariat that since the last action undertaken to protect the rights of academics, 453 academics from public universities and 63 academics from private universities have been subjected to internal investigations by the Turkish Council of Higher Education for signing the peace statement ‘We will not be a party to this crime’.

In line with the EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (2014), on 16 June this year the Council of the EU adopted conclusions on gender and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality.

On 6 July 2016 tens of thousands of trade union members and workers from all over Ukraine gathered in Kiev for the All-Ukrainian Protest March, pickets and rallies near the Parliament and Government of Ukraine under the slogan «European prices - European wages!». Almost seven thousand education workers joined the protest action.