On 26th April 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights was presented by the Commission. The principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar are structured around three categories: 1) equal opportunities and access to the labour market; 2) fair working conditions and; 3) social protection and inclusion.

The Council of Europe has developed, in cooperation with education professionals, an educational game called “Europe Matters – A Question of Values”. The game was designed for classes in primary or lower secondary education (8 to 12 year olds) and invites them to reflect on the key values that enable people to live together in society. The class should be guided through the game by a teacher.

On 4-5 May 2017, 25 Vocational Education and Training (VET) experts of ETUCE’s member organisations from 20 European countries met in Munich for a training entitled ‘Improving skills provisions in VET’. This has been the 6th year that the joint training seminar has been organised for national VET experts of education trade unions supported by European Trade Union Institute.  This year, many VET experts came not only from the EU/EFTA and candidate countries but also from the non-EU countries, such as Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Tajikistan.

1st May 2017 marks the annual International Workers Day. This year, ETUCE joins the celebration of workers throughout the world, and takes the time to reflect on the daily struggles of European education workers, whose commitment to ensuring quality education for all students – a fundamental right, and a pathway towards fostering equality in society - is halted by external constraints.

On 26 April 2017, the European Commission released the long-awaited European Pillar of Social Rights.  Centered around overarching key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems, the European Pillar of Social Rights represents a welcome stance towards a fairer and more social Europe. It is issued at a time where millions of citizens across Europe struggle with burdening austerity measures leading to the deterioration of living and working conditions, and is set to reaffirm the European Union’s commitment to ensure the upwards convergence of social rights.

From 4 May onwards, a film entitled “ICH.DU.INKLUSION.” on inclusion in German schools will be shown in German cinemas. The VBE, a German education trade union and ETUCE member organisation is involved in the project. Director Thomas Binn produced a long-term documentary on inclusion in the German school system. Two years after introducing the right to education for all children in regular schools and promoting an inclusive education system, the film shows that there are still many unanswered questions. The project aims at giving a voice to children and education personnel and to trigger a public debate.