EU-OSHA’s campaign toolkit has recently been remodelled for the 2018-19 campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. It is in the form of tested recommendations for education institutions and other organisations, and provides practical advice on how to launch a successful campaign to ensure effective safety and health management. It is simple to use and consists of two components: the first one focusing on how to run a campaign; a section which provides step-by-step explanations to start a campaign and the second component looking at the practical tools and real-life examples which have been used in occupational safety and health campaigning.

The ETUCE Committee has adopted a statement in reaction to the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on establishing Horizon Europe –the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, published in June 2018. This Proposal aims to define the priorities and budget of the future research and innovation programme for the next mandate 2021-2027. The European Commission has earmarked an impressive €97.6 billion to ensure the effectiveness of the programme.

ETUCE’s Danish member organisation, DLF, has published a policy paper on ‘Teachers’ psychosocial working environment and its impact on quality teaching and retention of teachers’ (2016). The Danish Working Environment Authority has found that teachers are experiencing high emotional demands whilst working with students with special needs. Teachers are exposed to violence within schools; both physical and psychological, as well as traumatic situations such aggressive behaviour from students and their parents.

On 8-9 October 2018, the ETUCE Committee, representing the European education trade unions, were gathered in Brussels to discuss governance and political issues. The members discussed the launching of an ETUCE Campaign to support the status of the teaching profession in light of the EI Global Response campaign and ahead of the European Parliament elections, to be advocated for among the European governments, the media and the national and local stakeholders. The members suggested to put emphasis on promoting the attractiveness the teaching profession ensured by quality teacher training and professional autonomy, and on freedom of education trade unions and strengthening social dialogue.

On 22 May 2018 the European Commission published its chapeau Communication entitled Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies. Within this communication, three proposals were made to the council, including a proposal on high quality early childhood education, a proposal on improving the teaching of language learning, and a proposal on the automatic mutual recognition of diplomas and learning periods abroad.

On 03 October 2018, the eighth roundtable meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Copenhagen. EFEE, ETUCE, representatives of the ETUCE member organisation partner to this project, the Danish Union of Teachers (DLF), and from the Danish Teachers’ Trade Unions (DLi) and the Teachers’ Association of Upper Secondary Schools (GL) met with school leader representatives from Danish Colleges and the Danish Association of School Leaders to address educational challenges and opportunities both at national and at European level.