The main topics on the agenda were: the upcoming ETUCE 2018 Special Conference, Soidarity with Turkey, the Brexit, Economic Governance, European sectoral social dialogue, Digitisation and the renewed EU agenda for higher education.

On 10 October 2017, ETUCE marked World Mental Health Day by reiterating the need for action on mental health in the workplace, especially in schools and Universities, on issues such as the prevention and management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress for teachers and education personnel.

Following the year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus exchange programme, announced by the European Commission in 2017, ETUCE prepared a statement suggesting the ways to strengthen Erasmus in the future. The ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE statement on the  Erasmus programme on 23-24 October 2017.

In its meeting on 23-24 October, the ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE position on the European Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on Tracking Graduates. The proposal suggests that each Member State should collect the same data about graduates, early drop-out and persons not in education, employment, or training (NEET) to  identify solutions regarding youth unemployment and to provide feedback to vocational education and higher education institutions.

ETUCE issued a position on the European Commission’s Communication on a Renewed EU agenda for higher education, adopted by the ETUCE Committee on 24 October. The aim of the Commission’s proposal is to support EU countries in renewing their higher education systems in order to ensure that graduates are highly skilled and socially engaged.

In its meeting on 23-24 October, the ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE position on the European Commission’s initiative on School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life, demanding more concrete suggestions to Member States to better support teachers and the reinforcement of social dialogue.