The report published by ISMU (Iniziative e Studi sulla Multietnicità) argues that economic growth in the European Union depends on migration from third states. Due to demographic developments – the ageing population - the labour market depends on workforce from non-European countries. From this perspective, integration strategies are analysed, the results show, among other things, that the skills from many migrants are not sufficiently valued. The reasons for this are diverse – from misguided policies to the raising xenophobia in Europe – migrants are often not given any opportunity.

Due to the ageing population, the number of people with disabilities is growing – until today 80 million people in Europe have disabilities. In order to support these people the European Union aims to renew the commitment on the protection of rights of persons with disabilities. The commitment is based on the UN Disability Convention, which defines minimum standards for the protection for affected persons. The European Union has signed the convention in February 2011 and until today most of the European member states have joined the convention and are obligated to ratify it.

"Investing in growth and creating jobs: stepping up the contribution of the social partners" was the promising theme of the tripartite social summit which took place in the morning of 19 March 2015 just before the start of the European Council spring meeting 2015. It was the first Tripartite Social Summit within the mandate of the Juncker-Commission. It also came just shortly after the High Level Conference on social dialogue which the European Commission (EC) hosted in order to discuss the eagerly awaited so-called new start of social dialogue.

ETUCE is member of the European Policy Network of School Leadership (EPNoSL), which has recently published its Toolkit on School Leadership. The "School Leadership Toolkit for equity and learning" was designed to provide policy makers, school authorities, schools, researchers and teacher training institutes with the tools to reflect upon, identify challenges and prioritize areas for policy action to support and enhance school leadership for equity and learning.

In view of sharing knowledge and experience to enhance women's working conditions and gender equality, ETUI (the European Trade Union Institute) invited experts, trade union representatives and other stakeholders dealing with occupational health and safety and equal opportunities to its international conference on 4 to 6 March 2015 in Brussels. The participants discussed issues like the impact of gender and age on working life and structural causes of health inequalities between women and men. The conference showed that occupations in Europe are still segregated by gender.

European Schoolnet, the Brussels based network of 31 European Ministries of Education, is about to launch two new courses this April, one focusing on the creative use of tablets in schools and the other on tools and resources primary teachers can use to teach computing. Having reached close to 10, 000 teachers with the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), the feedback that the European Network had received was overall positive and highlighted the significant lack in many countries for these types of professional development opportunities.