The EU MIDIS-II Report, based on information collected from over 25,500 respondents, was released in the context of marking seventeen years since the adoption of EU laws which forbid discrimination. However, the research shows that widespread discrimination still exists across Europe, particularly for immigrants and ethnic minorities searching for employment. The FRA itself describes discrimination as a “recurring experience” for many across all 28 EU Member States.

On 22 January 2018, ETUCE held the first Advisory Group meeting in the new project “Social dialogue and gender equality: Empowering education trade unions to address gender equality in the teaching profession through social dialogue.” The project’s aim is to provide education trade unions with concrete tools and practices to address the challenges of gender inequality through enhanced social dialogue in the education sector at national, regional and local level.

On the occasion of the first “European Education Summit – Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education" organised by the European Commission on 25 January 2018 in Brussels, ETUCE welcomes the strong focus of the strategic discussions on education.

On 15 January 2018, trade unions representing public service workers, including in the education sector, held a major demonstration in Athens. The protest action was in response to the omnibus law 4512 legislated by the Greek government. According to DOE, this law includes prerequisite measures and prior actions which serve as basis for the third assessment such as interfering with the right to strike, the extension of the electronic auctions to cases of public debt (tax and insurance debt starting from €500,00) as well as the criteria and the timeline for the forthcoming mergers of school units starting in the school year 2018-2019.

With the presentation of this report, CSI- CSIF intends to raise awareness about the climate of tension in the classrooms and the need to reach a social pact, in which all the stakeholders of the educational community, media, politicians, civil society and partners are involved to turn education institutions into spaces of 'zero tolerance' towards any manifestation of violence.

On 22 January 2018, in Brussels, the first Advisory Group Meeting to kick off the new ETUCE-led project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place. This two-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, is carried out with the aim of providing a joint response from social partners in education to ensure the successful inclusion of students from migrant background in Europe.