FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2019, published on 6 June 2019, addresses the issues of rising inequalities, harassment and prejudices across Europe. The fundamental rights of many individuals within the EU is at risk despite considerable progress to combat it. This year, the Fundamental Rights Report highlights the success and failures of human rights protection within the past year in Europe.

On 29 May 2019, EIGE published a comprehensive research note entitled Tackling the gender pay gap: not without a better work-life balance. This research note provides an overview of the gender pay and pension gap across the EU, which stands at 16% and 37% respectively, as well as exploring the connection with emerging policies aimed at improving work-life balance.

In response to a recent public consultation launched by the European Commission, ETUCE published its views on the current situation of gender equality in education and the teaching profession in Europe, as well as proposals for priorities and measures to introduce into and/or strengthen the future Commission’s strategy for gender equality. In this document, ETUCE emphasises the need for a strong EU strategy on gender equality which prioritises education as a key element of building a gender equal society, and mainstreams gender equality topics into other European policies.

The OECD Education Working Papers No.203, ‘Refugee education: Integration models and practises in OECD countries’, published on 13 May 2019, draws attention to the critical situation in which refugees around the globe find themselves in, leaving many refugee students vulnerable to isolation in education systems. The paper highlights that failure to integrate all students, is harmful for students’ social and emotional well-being whilst it also has detrimental effects for the future labour market.

Tomorrow, on 8 June 2019, ETUCE member organisation in the Republic of North Macedonia, SONK, is taking to streets as the last action in the series of protests that is to be followed by a general strike of the education sector should the Government not agree to the education trade union’s repeated demands.

On 5 June 2019, the European Commission published the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs), as part of the Spring Package of the 2019 cycle of the European Semester. Addressed to the governments of each EU Member State, and encompassing the European Commission’s view on the reforms needed in each Member State to respond to the new economic and social challenges, they are to be discussed by the European Council in June 2019, and then formally adopted in July.