In a European society which aims to reach fundamental rights for all citizens, promoting equality for all remains important. Men and women must have the same rights and possibilities for self-realisation both in the labour market and in family life. For a truly modern country, existing double standards need to be abolished. European member states should implement measures to tackle the gender pay gap and promote organisations which provide physical and emotional support for abused and/or wronged people.

'Being young in Europe today', a recent Eurostat publication, presents some new information on children and young people in the European Union. Its main statistical findings on education take a look at childcare attendance, participation in education, language skills, and quality of childcare and school life.

The European Commission published its reform proposals on Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in a concept paper on 5 May 2015. While the Commission's proposal envisions an international investment court with tenured judges in the long run, in the meantime it wants to include ISDS provisions in TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada) and other agreements.

On 9 May 2015 European citizens commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Schuman declaration when in 1950, Robert Schuman, France's foreign minister, sparked the creation of what is now the European Union by calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their production of coal and steel. In times when Europe again is struggling to find a common path and when solidarity seems to have been forgotten, ETUCE joins European citizens in celebrating the pioneers who sought to create a better future through a unified and solidary Europe.

ETUCE's German member organisation GEW announced today the results of the ballot on indefinite strikes in the social and educational service facilities. According to GEW, not less than 96,37 % of their members voted in favour of this drastic but already inevitable step. At the same time, ver.di which is the second largest German trade union has reached 93,44% in this strike ballot.

The European Agency for special needs and inclusive education published a summary report on organisation of provision to support inclusive education. The report is based on a project the agency launched between 2011 and 2013 and answers the question on "how systems of provision are organised to meet the needs of learners identified as having disabilities [...] in inclusive settings within the compulsory school sector".