Building on the Paris Declaration of 2015, in which education ministers call for promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has recently launched a report entitled “Together in the EU – Promoting the participation of migrants and their descendants”, whereby the promotion of societal participation in and through education and the encouragement of participation in trade unions and in the public sphere are enhanced.

In celebration of the historical signing of the Sectoral Agreement on Education, ETUCE member organisation, the Educators’ and Scientists’ Free Trade Union of Georgia, ESFTUG, hosted the ceremony dedicated to such a ground-breaking milestone on 16  March 2017 in Tbilisi.

Tax havens and tax tricks are a major source of revenue loss throughout Europe. Recent scandals like the Panama Papers or the Lux Leaks have further proved the gravity of the issue. The European Commission estimates the loss of tax revenues to around 1 000 billion euros each year within the European Union. In the meantime, the economic crisis has deeply affected public expenditure in Europe, leading to a context of generalised austerity and budget cuts to public services. This has resulted in a substantial loss of resources for essential sectors such as education and public services which has, in turn, led to raise in inequalities all over Europe.

The Education and Science Trade Union Federation of Moldova, ESTUFM, reported that after two months of negotiations on increasing salaries of auxiliary teaching and non-teaching staff, the Moldovan government officials suggested to increase the salaries of the latter by only 100 Lei (MDL) (4,8 EUR).

Recently the European Commission published its 2017 Report on Equality Between Women and Men in the EU. The report is structured according to the priorities of the European Commission’s 2016-2019 Strategic engagement for gender equality and focuses on 1. Increasing female labour market participation and the equal economic independence of women and men 2. Reducing gender pay, earnings and pension gaps and thus fighting poverty among women...

On 23 March 2017, German teachers will gather in the course of the book fair in Leipzig and discuss “School in Change – new approaches and successful methods”. The organisers, the German education trade union VBE in cooperation with other unions, expect about 800 participants. During the day, there will be several presentations and events covering all levels of education and all types of school. For instance, an event on working with refugee children is planned, as well as on protection of digital data.