On 22 May 2018 the European Commission published its chapeau Communication entitled Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies. Within this communication, three proposals were made to the council, including a proposal on high quality early childhood education, a proposal on improving the teaching of language learning, and a proposal on the automatic mutual recognition of diplomas and learning periods abroad.

On 03 October 2018, the eighth roundtable meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Copenhagen. EFEE, ETUCE, representatives of the ETUCE member organisation partner to this project, the Danish Union of Teachers (DLF), and from the Danish Teachers’ Trade Unions (DLi) and the Teachers’ Association of Upper Secondary Schools (GL) met with school leader representatives from Danish Colleges and the Danish Association of School Leaders to address educational challenges and opportunities both at national and at European level.

Today, 5 October 2018, ETUCE, European Region of Education International is celebrating World Teachers’ Day. This year’s motto is "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.Indeed, in Europe, the question of qualifications and training is of big concern as qualified teachers are increasingly reporting that they do not feel adequately prepared or trained. They face many demands related, for example, to competence development, individual teaching approaches for recently arrived migrants and special needs children, and teaching with new technologies.

On 24 September, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Working Group on Education Higher Education and Research took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the future of the Bologna Process, the usage of digital tools in modernising higher education, the importance of supportive working environments, the patterns of recruitment and retention of academic staff across Europe, and the future of funding for higher education given the new proposals for Erasmus+, Horizon Europe and University-Business Partnerships.

From the 26-28 September 2018, the second case-study visit of the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Serbia, which was organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation in Serbia, Teacher Union of Serbia (TUS), a partner to the project. The visit aimed at identifying challenges, concrete solutions and joint social partners’ initiatives put in place to effectively integrate migrants and refugees in education.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued on request of the European Parliament an opinion on the Digital Gender Gap. ETUCE provided its views on the content of the opinion.The EESC states that a multidisciplinary approach is required to tackle the causes of the digital gender gap, and that this issue is an economic, social and cultural one. It advises that ICT be used to promote democracy and that soft skills be considered a crucial element of digital education.