Promoting its #SaferInternet4EU campaign, the European Commission seeks to reach children, young people, parents, teachers, and EU citizens in general to become empowered and responsible digital users. The campaign covers a wide range of topics, such as critical thinking, media literacy and digital skills necessary to identify and promote reporting on reliable sources, the risks brought by emerging online technologies and connected devices; and provide tips on netiquette. 

Today, on 13 July 2018, OELMEK, POED and OLTEK, ETUCE member organisations in Cyprus, are going on strike to defend their right to be consulted. On 2 July 2018 the Cypriot government gave the unions an ultimatum to accept the below proposals which are to come into effect on 1 September 2018 without consulting the latter: increase teaching time of education personnel at all levels by 40 periods in Cyprus;partially and/or completely eliminate special programmes aiming at supporting  disadvantaged students, students with foreign citizenship and from a migrant background; remove the exemption from teaching for trade union duties and activities.

Following the events of 20 July 2016, 18,632 public workers were dismissed with the new emergency state decree law No 701 on 8 July 2018 in Turkey. Eğitim Sen clarified that nearly 60 members of KESK (Confederation of Public Employees' Trade Unions to which the union is affiliated), among them 20 academics who have signed the peace declaration and 26 Eğitim Sen affiliates have been targeted by the new decree law.

A new joint statement from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union has been released (June 2018). ETUCE regrets to observe that education and research is not still included in the agenda of the 2nd phase of the Brexit negotiations, for the future UK-EU partnership. Instead, security and defense policies, taxation, procurement and customs seem to continue being key priorities for both negotiating parties.

This Thursday, on 5 July 2018, the whole plenary of the European Parliament will vote on a new copyright directive. After the JURI Committee voting of the Copyright proposal on 21st June, ETUCE is, however, concerned that the current draft Directive will weaken exceptions, create more barriers and disproportionally undermine citizen’s user rights in favour of the interest of commercially driven actors. Education trade unions, teachers, academics and researchers have continuously warned about the negative impact of the suggested reforms.

ETUCE members from France, Italy, Germany, UK, Cyprus, and Belgium, actively contributed to the discussions on gender segregation in education and teaching profession at the learning seminar ‘Finding the way out from segregation in education, training and employment: Fostering gender equality and the role of social partners’, organised on 3 July in Brussels by social partners and European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).