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.

Hundreds of schools from all sectors of education, students and teachers, municipalities and educational communities from all over the country joined the multiple initiatives that the seven teachers' unions of the National Federation of Education (FNE) carried out, in the context of the #thankyouteacher campaign, to celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2017, under the motto "Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers".

Europe is moving towards gender equality with ‘a snail’s pace’ as inequality and gender gaps prevail in almost all areas of life. This is the main conclusion of the Gender Equality Index 2017 launched by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on 11 October. The Index is an indicator that measures gender gaps between women and men in various areas of life (work, money, knowledge, time, power and health). This year report covers the progress made by European countries during 10 years (2005-2015) and indicates the average score of 66.2 out of 100, which is only a 4.2-point increase since 2005.