As reported by the Independent Trade Union of Primary Schools Education of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SSOOiO FBiH), on 24 May 2016, the Federal Ministry of Justice issued a decision on the education trade union’s deletion from the Registry of Association. SSOOiO FbiH, nevertheless, stressed that it had not received any specific notice before that decision was taken.

On 8 November 2016, European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in Education (ESSDE) delegates from ETUCE and EFEE member organisations gathered in Brussels to conduct their annual Plenary meeting, with the support of the European Commission. The ETUCE President, Christine Blower, chaired the meeting. Some of the core objectives of 2016 ESSDE Plenary aim were: to evaluate the activities carried out jointly in the frame of the current ESSDE Work Programme 2016-2017 along with presenting future initiatives;

On 7 November 2016, Eurydice published a new report that provides the background information on the structural indicators analysed in the Education and Training Monitor 2016, that has been recently issued by European Commission. The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication that evaluates the EU and individual Member States’ progress towards the Education and Training 2020 (ET2020) benchmarks.

On 7 November 2016, the European Commission issued its annual publication on the development of education and training in the EU – Education and Training Monitor 2016. The report evaluates the EU and individual Member States’ performance in education and training against the Education and Training 2020 (ET2020) benchmarks, as well as presents and examines a number of educational policy initiatives in various Member States. This year’s edition of the report is mostly based on the data of 2014 and has a special focus on the issues of migration and refugee crisis.

The gender pay gap remains in the focus of attention of the labour movement in Iceland. On 24 October 2016, thousands of women left their workplaces at 2.38 pm to protest against the gender pay gap in Austurvöllur Square. That was the fourth time since 1975 that women in Iceland protested on that day.

On 1 November 2016, the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine, TUESWU, one of ETUCE’s Ukrainian member organisations, staged the All-Ukrainian protest action in Kiev. The initiative to hold this action was taken by the Kiev city organisation of the education trade union. More than 15,000 education staff all over Ukraine participated in the action.