On 22-23 May 2019, European Ministers gathered in Brussels for the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council meeting. The ministers debated on discussion paper prepared by the a Romanian Presidency entitled ‘Building the future of Europe: the contribution of education and training to strengthening social cohesion’ and they adopted, among others the following policy documents on education:

Following opposition of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan (TUESWK) to the draft law “On Trade Unions” that was published on the Supreme Council’s website on 12 April 2019, ETUCE strongly supports its member organisation in its demand to withdraw the draft law.

In the run-up to the nation -wide event “Teachers Pride” initiated by ETUCE member organisations in Italy and that is taking place tomorrow on 24 May 2019  in Palermo, ETUCE strongly supported diligent efforts made by its member organisations to defend teachers’ professional autonomy.

On 16-18 May 2019 ČMOS PŠ held its 8th Congress in Prague. The Congress is organised once every four years. Congress delegates modify and adopt by-laws, financial and budgetary rules and set the planning for the next term. The delegates of the Congress also elect the president and vicepresident of ČMOS PŠ.

Addressing socio-economic inequalities, building on multilingualism in the classroom, and exploring the potential benefits of non-formal education for more equity in the society, were among issues discussed at the annual SIRIUS Policy Conference ‘Inclusive education for all: From ideas to actions’ which took place on 7 May in Zagreb. As a member of the SIRIUS policy network on migrant education, ETUCE contributed to the Conference presenting the activities and preliminary findings of its social dialogue project ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’.

On Friday 10th May 2019, the fourth and final Steering Group Meeting for the OiRA project - Online Interactive Risk Assessment tool (2018-2019), took place in the International Trade Union House in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting gathered representatives of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), along with the EU-OSHA delegates.