On 26 November 2016, EĞITIM-SEN, ETUCE’s member organisation in Turkey, organised a symposium entitled “State of Emergency, Decrees, and Struggle for Democracy” in Ankara, Turkey. Nearly 150 Egitim-Sen activists, officials, representatives of befriended organisations, non-governmental organisations and opposition parties, representatives of four ETUCE’s member organisations as well as Cees Van Beek, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara, participated in the symposium.

The OECD and the European Commission have recently published a joint working paper “How are refugees faring on the labour market in Europe?” based on the results of the 2014 EU Labour Force Survey. As Europe has seen an unprecedented rise of asylum seekers, the question of the integration of refugees has gained greater importance. In 2014, the EU Labour Force Survey (LFS) included 11 additional variables on migrants and their families to analyse the characteristics and the labour market outcomes of refugees and asylum-seekers.

European institute for gender equality (EIGE), together with the European Commission has developed a new interactive Gender Equality in Academia and Research (GEAR) tool for universities and research organisations which provides resources and guidance on implementing a Gender Equality Plan. This user-friendly step-by-step guide is part of EIGE’s online Platform on Gender Mainstreaming. The Platform was created in order to support individuals and institutions in integrating a gender prospective in their work. It explains how to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate policies from a gender perspective.

Ending gender-based violence is a central part of ETUCE’s work, and a priority for Education International (EI), who has issued a call to action to all member organisations, encouraging them lobby their governments for support for a binding ILO Standard on Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work. Member organisations represent key actors in tackling gender-based violence in and around schools and other education settlings, and are an important force for protection and change.

On 8 October 2016, the annual FNE Forum took place in Lisbon in conjunction with the celebrations for World Teacher’s day 2016. FNE affiliates gathered under the call "Innovation in education, towards quality education”, to discuss and to rethink the traditional school organization in the context of a changing society and future challenges.

On 25 October, Eurydice issued a new report that provides a comparative overview of student fees and financial support provided to full-time students in national higher education institutions of Europe in 2016/2017. The analysis covers public and government-dependent private higher education institutions in 28 EU Member States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. The report also includes individual country information sheets.