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On 8-9 October 2018, the ETUCE Committee, representing the European education trade unions, were gathered in Brussels to discuss governance and political issues. The members discussed the launching of an ETUCE Campaign to support the status of the teaching profession in light of the EI Global Response campaign and ahead of the European Parliament elections, to be advocated for among the European governments, the media and the national and local stakeholders. The members suggested to put emphasis on promoting the attractiveness the teaching profession ensured by quality teacher training and professional autonomy, and on freedom of education trade unions and strengthening social dialogue.

On 22 May 2018 the European Commission published its chapeau Communication entitled Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies. Within this communication, three proposals were made to the council, including a proposal on high quality early childhood education, a proposal on improving the teaching of language learning, and a proposal on the automatic mutual recognition of diplomas and learning periods abroad.

On 03 October 2018, the eighth roundtable meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Copenhagen. EFEE, ETUCE, representatives of the ETUCE member organisation partner to this project, the Danish Union of Teachers (DLF), and from the Danish Teachers’ Trade Unions (DLi) and the Teachers’ Association of Upper Secondary Schools (GL) met with school leader representatives from Danish Colleges and the Danish Association of School Leaders to address educational challenges and opportunities both at national and at European level.

Today, 5 October 2018, ETUCE, European Region of Education International is celebrating World Teachers’ Day. This year’s motto is "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.Indeed, in Europe, the question of qualifications and training is of big concern as qualified teachers are increasingly reporting that they do not feel adequately prepared or trained. They face many demands related, for example, to competence development, individual teaching approaches for recently arrived migrants and special needs children, and teaching with new technologies.

On 24 September, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Working Group on Education Higher Education and Research took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the future of the Bologna Process, the usage of digital tools in modernising higher education, the importance of supportive working environments, the patterns of recruitment and retention of academic staff across Europe, and the future of funding for higher education given the new proposals for Erasmus+, Horizon Europe and University-Business Partnerships.

On 27-28 November 2018, ETUCE, the European Trade Union Committee for Education, is going to open the doors of its Special Conference, kicking off important discussions among 300 representatives from 132 education trade unions across 51 European countries to discuss the role of education trade unions in shaping the future of Europe.