The Trade Union of Education of Montenegro (TUEM) represents the interests of 90% of employees in the education sector and is the only representative trade union of education in Montenegro. Representatives of TUEM are also members of the National Council for Education, various boards, commissions and working groups responsible for law-drafting in the field of education.

For a long time now, the Czech and Moravian Trade Union of Workers in Education (CMOS PS) has been putting a lot of efforts to have teachers’ salaries increased to at least 130 per cent of the average pay in the country (around 1309 Euros per month).

In the last few decades, Bulgaria has witnessed many reforms in the education sector, but only in the beginning of 2016 did the Bulgarian Parliament adopt a new law on the early childhood and secondary education. It entered into force on 1 August 2016 and introduced a number of changes in the early childhood and secondary education concerning state educational standards, learning process, education management, teacher training and professional development, horizontal and vertical career opportunities for education workers, key competences of teachers and students, and other issues. Currently, the elaboration and validation of the educational frameworks proposed by the law, including state educational standards, continue.

On Thursday 17th November 2016, the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs voted a non-legislative resolution on fundamental rights in the EU, which was passed by the Parliament in December. The resolution was drafted by József Nagy (EPP, SK), and addresses fundamental rights challenges in the EU in 2015, focusing on issues related to migration, children protection and the online environment. Commenting on the resolution, Mr. Nagy declared: “We call on the EU and its member states to provide more help to those in need, show more understanding towards minorities and ensure that institutions work fairly”.

On 19 December 2016, ETUCE member organisations in Albania, the Trade Union Federation of Education and Science of Albania (FSASH) and Independent Trade Union of Education of Albania (SPASH-ITUEA), met at the negotiating table with the Albanian Minister of Education and Sports, Ms Lindita Nikolla. Prior to the meeting, the unions had jointly organised a  protest action in front of the Ministry of Education and Sports on 16 December 2016. The protest actions gathered hundreds of teachers and education personnel.

In January 2017, ETUCE has kicked off a new project focusing on social dialogue capacity building: ”European Sectoral Social Partners in Education striving for sustainable influence on European education policy building through successful social dialogue. The ESSDE capacity building project III.” The project continues the work of the sectoral social partners on the improvement of their social dialogue and towards stronger and more effective results at European level, which could better serve the member organisations at national level.