According to the results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) published in December 2017, students in the Russian Federation had the highest average reading achievement score (581) and more than one-fourth of its students reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. Conducted every 5 years by IMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, PIRLS is an international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade in 50 countries world-wide. 

In mid-2017, the National Trade Union of Education, Science and Culture Workers of Uzbekistan, NTUESCWU, regained its membership in EI and joined the ETUCE family.
By way of introduction the ETUCE Secretariat interviewed Ravshan Bedilov, NTUESCWU President.

Trade union leaders from across Europe meeting in Brussels on 13-14 December 2017, at the occasion of the ETUC Executive Committee meeting, reaffirmed their commitment to quality jobs for all working people – and agreed that creating quality jobs should be a top priority for European economic policy.

Today, 14 December 2017, the public sector confederations, GSEE, as well as ADEDY to which OLME and DOE, ETUCE member organisations in Greece, are affiliated, are protesting the agreement reached between the Greek government and European and international institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund) on 15 June 2017, touching upon labour market and further privatisation patterns.

The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged for signing a petition criticising the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurds particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017.

In December 2017 the state budget 2018 is to be passed in Ukraine. The draft budget does not fully satisfy the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine, TUESWU, nor other trade unions of Ukraine, in particular with respect to the social and economic welfare for public workers. According to TUESWU, the proposed 2018 budget for Kyiv foresees only € 84 million, far from the € 120 million needed. In other words, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine cut financing for teachers by €37 million.