A research study completed upon request of the European Parliament’s Committee for Culture and Education reaffirms the central role education plays for a vivid civic political culture and a collective European identity. The author recommends placing a focus on relevant educational measures, with a special emphasis on school education, aiming at providing students with high quality education on history and citizenship.

Over the course of several months, the Education and Science Trade Union Federation of Moldova (ESTUFM), ETUCE member organisation in Moldova, has been tirelessly fighting for an increase of education personnel’s salaries in the country. As ESTUFM earlier reported, the increase in education personnel’s salaries in Moldova remains at the core of the union’s demands.  ETUCE addressed the Moldovan government recalling its responsibility and asking to take into account the union’s repeated demands.

In the aftermath of the referendum of 16 April 2017 in Turkey, Mesut FIRAT, Eğitim Sen General Secretary, said “Despite all threats and repressions, half of the Turkish citizens voted ‘No’ which shows that people’s aspiration to democracy, equality and freedom is growing in Turkey. The presidential system adopted as a result of the referendum, has no legitimacy for us. There is also no doubt that the AKP (Justice and Development Party) will increase the oppression on its opponents by using these results.

In his communication of 12 April 2017 to ETUCE, Mesut FIRAT, Eğitim Sen’s General Secretary, said: “Today, the most important for us is to share information with the education trade union movement and the public. We are in a process of further strengthening our ties with EGITIM-SEN-friendly organisations”.

Sharing its member organisations’ resentment about the Hungarian authorities’ intransparent and undemocratic approach of submitting legislative proposals, ETUCE sent a support letter to FDSZ, PSZ and PDSZ, three of ETUCE’s member organisations in Hungary, on 7 April 2017.

In the aftermath of the terror attack in Stockholm, Susan Flocken, European Director, strongly condemned the recent wave of shocking attacks on the European continent, “These attacks target innocent people and seek to threaten universal values and the common principles of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, democracy and mutual understanding.” Offering her condolences and sympathy to the injured people and families of victims, she reconfirmed the crucial role education plays in developing democratic citizenship.