On 16 January 2018, the Free Trade Union Federation in Education (FSLI), one of the ETUCE member organisations in Romania, called on the government officials in Romania to face their responsibility and not to drive the country into economic and social instability.

On 24 December 2017, the Turkish government issued two new decree laws, resulting in 2,756 public employees being deprived of work. Egitim Sen reported that almost 138 dismissed workers were affiliated to KESK (Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions), including 33 Egitim Sen members. According to Egitim Sen, only 114 public employees have been reinstated in their duties.

In the context of the EU-funded project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”, ETUCE requires a contactor providing an external and objective scientific perspective and expertise on effective measures to support the integration of migrants and refugees in education.

The Directorate General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has published a study aimed at mapping and analysing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Free Digital Learning (FDL) for the inclusion of migrants and refugees. The study has so far created an online catalogue of MOOCs which are separated in to the following categories:

At its recent General Assembly meeting, the SIRIUS Network voted to accept an application from ETUCE to become a full member. The SIRIUS Network, founded in March 2017, brings together 20 national and EU stakeholders active in refugee and migrant education. The network has the following objectives:

The Eurydice network of the DG Education of the European Commission has now published its report on Citizenship Education at School in Europe. The important role of teachers is highlighted within the report, stating that “The training and support provided to them is [therefore] central to the effective implementation of citizenship education”. One of the main findings of the report is that in most European countries national curricula tend to be broad in scope in regards to the four competencies: Interacting effectively and constructively with others; thinking critically; acting in a socially responsible manner; and acting democratically.