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On 5 March 2015, the European Commission (EC) hosted a high level conference in Brussels involving the top leaders of the European and national trade unions and employers' organisations in open discussions on their visions of the future social dialogue. The event is the EC's first concrete action on social dialogue following President Jean-Claude Juncker's Opening Statement in the European Parliament Plenary Session in July 2014. Juncker had emphasized in his speech that social dialogue was affected by the crisis and had to be reinforced. He even declared this assessment to be a top priority issue stating that he "would like to be a President of social dialogue".

On 4 March 2015, celebrating the International Women's Day, the European Parliament, together with members of the Turkish and Western Balkans Parliaments, organised a conference about the political participation of women. Topics of the event, among other things, were the importance of the media and education in promoting the participation of women in politics.

Today, on the occasion of the International Women's Day, the European Parliament highlighted the importance of Education for women and girls. The meeting had three main topics, the importance of eliminating gender disparity in education and training, challenges for equal access to continuous and quality education and moving towards the empowerment of women and girls through education in the European Union. The speakers from all over Europe emphasised, among other topics, Lifelong Learning for older women and the importance of an inclusive educations system, which sensitises students and pupils for equal opportunities in all areas.

Calling for full transparency, the European Parliament's (EP) rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations has made it clear that public services, including education, are not for sale and must be taken off the table. As discussions focused on TiSA intensify, rapporteur Viviane Reding has stressed that any agreement should follow a less is more approach. She is suggesting a small, but strong TiSA, rather than including all issues under one umbrella; the latter she says will water down the trade pact.

Today, on 3 March 2015, high-level policy makers are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers at a European Commission conference entitled A decade of fostering attractive research careers. ETUCE, the European Region of Education International, the global union of educational employees, including researchers in the public and private sectors, has been supporting the main goals of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

With the help of financial solidarity support, educators in Ukraine once again have a home for their trade union and something to celebrate amidst the ongoing conflict that has divided the country. After their trade union offices in Kiev were burned to the ground a year ago during violent clashes between demonstrators and police, several hundred members of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (STESU) of Ukraine were left out in the cold with few options.