ETUCE is happy to announce that it has become a member of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Consultative Forum on Asylum Support, headquartered in La Valletta (Malta). EASO is a decentralised agency of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration. Founded in 2011, the Forum is EASO’s channel for cooperation and information exchange with civil society organisations active in asylum and refuge.

In advance of the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November, ETUCE is joining ETUC in its call on European leaders to proclaim the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and to work towards more social and equal Europe. Gender equality is one of the founding stones of the EPSR, as it sets the conditions for equal working opportunities and conditions, equal terms and conditions of career progression, and equal pay for work of equal value for men and women.

Following the European Commission’s Communication on A renewed EU agenda for higher education published in May 2017, the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament initiated a study on Modernisation of Higher Education to assess the policy developments in higher education in Europe since 2011. The study summarises the most important achievements, shortcomings and challenges in the context of the objectives set in the Commission’s 2011 agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems, and compares it with the recently initiated Renewed EU agenda for higher education.

On 16 November 2017, the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, is due to adopt the European Pillar of Social Rights. While joining the European trade union movement’s call for the adoption of stronger Pillar of Social Rights, a commitment to implement it and the full involvement of social partners, ETUCE strongly backs the demand for a Social Progress Protocol to Restore Social Europe and improving the binding nature of the Pillar. Looking to the future, this is essential to ensure social rights are respected by all EU institutions and European countries.

ETUCE is pleased to announce that the  European Economic and Social Committee, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) will organize a joint hearing on  “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of VET”.

The Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has recently published the results on the public consultation on “Promoting social inclusion and shared EU values through formal and non-formal learning“. An ETUCE position paper was developed to guide members organisations in their participation in this survey and to influence the future Council recommendation in this regard.