Following the European Commission’s Communication on A renewed EU agenda for higher education published in May 2017, the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament initiated a study on Modernisation of Higher Education to assess the policy developments in higher education in Europe since 2011. The study summarises the most important achievements, shortcomings and challenges in the context of the objectives set in the Commission’s 2011 agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems, and compares it with the recently initiated Renewed EU agenda for higher education.

On 16 November 2017, the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, is due to adopt the European Pillar of Social Rights. While joining the European trade union movement’s call for the adoption of stronger Pillar of Social Rights, a commitment to implement it and the full involvement of social partners, ETUCE strongly backs the demand for a Social Progress Protocol to Restore Social Europe and improving the binding nature of the Pillar. Looking to the future, this is essential to ensure social rights are respected by all EU institutions and European countries.

ETUCE is pleased to announce that the  European Economic and Social Committee, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) will organize a joint hearing on  “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of VET”.

The Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has recently published the results on the public consultation on “Promoting social inclusion and shared EU values through formal and non-formal learning“. An ETUCE position paper was developed to guide members organisations in their participation in this survey and to influence the future Council recommendation in this regard.

We are happy to announce that The ETUCE Secretariat has recently extended its presence in social media by creating a Facebook page. You can from now on read the latest news, find out about policy issues, download the latest documents and share information with your social network in one click via Facebook.

ETUCE welcomes the recent publication of the European Fundamental Rights Agency “Professionally Speaking: Challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people”. The report underlines the role of LGBTI public officials and the importance of the protection of their fundamental rights. Key references are highlighted for LGBTI teachers and other education personnel: