A number of outstanding issues between the Government and the Teacher Trade Union SONK in Macedonia have brought education to a halt. The union called for strike since the government wouldn't negotiate on important issues like the penalties teachers could risk to pay following external evaluation procedures. According to the latest change of the education law, a teacher could be fined up 50 € in the monthly salary ( only around 300-400 €) if their evaluation of the students were not similar to those of the external evaluators.

Assuring Quality in Education: Policies and Approaches to School Evaluation in Europe (January 2015) - The new Eurydice report examines the two major types of school evaluation: external evaluation, conducted by evaluators who are not directly involved in school activities, and internal evaluation, where most evaluators are members of the examined school's staff.

On Monday 26 January 2015, ETUCE European Director Martin Rømer will travel to the Former Yugoslav Republic of  Macedonia to help seeking for a solution in the current severe labour conflict in the education sector. For many months, the social dialogue about several pending and urgent labour issues has been extremely difficult. When ETUCE's Macedonian member organisation SONK called for a strike in the autumn 2014, the Ministry suddenly offered to negotiate. However, it seems that it was only paying lip service. According to SONK it has never seriously engaged in real negotiations leading to effective results which prompted SONK to relaunch the strike at the beginning of the year.

On 1 December 2014, the G20 Presidency rotated to Turkey and Turkish civil society organisations have launched the 2015 Civil 20 (C20) policy consultation process. The C20 is a platform for civil society organisations around the world. Each year, the C20 runs a policy consultation process to engage national and international civil society organisations in developing joint civil society policy recommendations to the G20. These recommendations serve as the basis for joint advocacy and influencing work with G20 governments for the duration of the Presidency. 

On 15 and 16 January 2015 ETUCE together with EPSU, AK and ÖGB are organizing a training seminar on how to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP, CETA and TiSA.The event is taking place in the premises of ÖGB in Vienna and has gathered 100 trade union representatives from 25 different countries in order to discuss the pitfalls of and common responsive strategies to the free trade agreements that the EU is currently in the process of negotiating.

The European Commission published the long anticipated report on the public consultation on investment and ISDS in TTIP on 13 January 2015. The report presents an analysis of the almost 150.000 submissions received to its public consultation.