On 5 December 2017, the first hearing takes place in Istanbul Caglayan Courthouse for the court cases of 5 academics dismissed after signing the declaration "Academics for Peace" in the wake of the failed coup attempt.

Eurydice has published its annual report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education 2017/18. The report provides statistics and a comparative overview on the funding of 42 national and regional higher education systems in Europe, looking at fees for both full time and part time students in Bachelor level and Master level cycles of higher education, as well as the financial support available for these students.

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan on the Gender Pay Gap for 2017-2019. The Action Plan was presented recently at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights 2017 by Commissioner Jourova. The colloquium focused on the topic of “Women’s Rights in Turbulent Times”.

Education trade unions should be involved in the design and implementation of the initial and continuous teacher training, concluded the participants of the first regional seminar of the ETUCE project “Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession. Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue”. The seminar took place in Warsaw, Poland, on 27-28 November 2017 and was organised with the support of ZNP, one of the Polish education trade unions, as a project partner.

On the occasion of the European day of the persons with disabilities (4th-5th December 2017), the European Parliament has started to analyse the implementation of the EU Disability Strategy 2020, including education and training for children and adults with disabilities and special needs and access to quality education and lifelong learning. More precisely, the ‘Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)’ of the European Parliament has recently published an opinion (2017/2127INI) which addresses key issues for teachers and educators teaching students with disabilities and special educational needs.

A new report released by DG CONNECT of the European Commission has revealed that 44% of Europeans do not have basic digital skills. This study predicts that 9 out of 10 jobs in the future will require these basic digital skills, meaning that Europe could suffer a digital skills gap. This study stems from the WiFi EU initiative and from the 2016 ‘Communication on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society’ which indicates as strategic objective for 2025 “Gigabit connectivity for all main socio-economic drivers such as schools” with the purpose of opening up education.