On 28 September, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) has published an “Opinion on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities”. In this document, it suggests to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) to include to its latest motion for a European Parliament resolution on the European Semester further aspects concerning education and training.

On 27 September 2016, EFEE and ETUCE invited the national Serbian teacher unions and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development to take part in the last round table meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) capacity building project II. The Teacher Union of Serbia (TUS), the Nezavisnost Teachers Trade Union (NTTU), the Union of Workers in Education, and the representative from the Serbian Ministry of Education discussed around a table on the most pressing educational issues in Serbia and on how to set a successful social dialogue.

In a blog article “We don’t need no education” published by The Malta Independent on 28 September 2016, Dr. Andrew Azzopardi “awarded” the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) with a Certificate of Excellence which confirms “a well-known fact that the minister is more concerned that an initiative is approved by the MUT council than by the Cabinet of Ministers!”

Lifelong Learning Platform, an umbrella network of 40 European organisations representing educational institutions and associations of formal, non-formal and informal education, promotes an integrated approach to lifelong learning and a vision of education as a framework for personal development. The LLL-Platform position paper Integrating Refugees and Migrants through Education that has been released in September 2016 calls on EU Member States to take legal actions ensuring equal access to education for all regardless of residence status and nationality.

The Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the European Parliament has recently published a new study at the request of the FEMM (Women’s rights and Gender equality) committee entitled “The gender pension gap: differences between mothers and women without children”.

ETUCE actively contributed to the closing event of the ENABLE2ACT project which took place on 21 and 22 September 2016 in Zagreb. The conference theme focused on the prevention of bullying and hate speech among youth.