The Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport launched its annual Education and Training Monitor at the European Commission, 17th October 2018. Given the sensitive and decisive political circumstances facing Europe, citizenship education was chosen as this year’s main focus.

Yesterday, on 8 November 2018 the Teachers Union of Serbia (TUS) signed its pledge as a commitment to contribute to the further implementation of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship, an initiative which celebrated yesterday its 5th year anniversary. The success of this initiative lies with the implementation of national commitments and the commitment of partners, notably through pledges by companies, social partners and stakeholders.

Considering that in Europe, women earn on average 16% less than their male colleagues, today, 31st October 2018, marks the day from which women effectively work for free until the end of the year.There are several contributing factors to this persistent gender pay gap. The 2018 ETUC Gender Equality Survey confirmed that women are more likely to be hired on precarious contracts than men. In addition, women are  more inclined to take up part-time work as a result of caring responsibilities which has a negative impact on career progression and salary advancement.

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recently published two articles on gender equality, focusing on digitalisation and the opportunities and risks it can bring to Europe’s youth. Both information sheets are based on the findings of EIGE study ‘Youth, digitalisation and gender equality’ which is to be published in the beginning of 2019. EIGE reports that digitalisation presents many opportunities for young people in Europe, notably exciting career prospects in the STEM sector, with good salaries and flexible working arrangements, and the possibility of becoming active citizens by joining the vibrant online community thanks to social networking.

The OECD released its latest report entitled PISA: Equity in Education - Breaking Down Barriers to Social Mobility 23 October 2018. This report sheds light on the widening gap between advantaged and disadvantaged learners in education systems in 72 countries, including all 36 OECD countries and 36 partner countries.

On the eve of the demonstration against the pension reform, ETUCE addressed the Croatian government on behalf of its member organisations in the country.In support of the demonstration on 20 October 2018 in Zagreb ETUCE expressed its solidarity with the Croatian Teachers' Union (CTU), the Independent Trade Union of Workers in Secondary Education of Croatia (ITUWEC), the Independent Union of Research and Higher Education Employees of Croatia (IURHEEC) and the Trade Union of Workers in Pre-School Education of Croatia (TUWPSEC) and the whole trade union movement in the country speaking up for fair pension reforms.