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March 2014 – EFEE Press Release: EFEE Appoints New President

On 13 March 2014, the General Assembly of the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) elected Michael Moriarty, General Secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), as new President of EFEE. In this role he will support EFEE’s mission to raise the voice of education employers at EU level. EFEE represents education employers in all levels of education, from pre-school to higher education institutions, and acts as European Social Partner as official dialogue partner to the European trade union committee for education and EU institutions.

Michael has been active in the Executive Committee of EFEE, since EFEE’s early days of existence. “I am  very much looking forward to working closely together with Michael Moriarty and to address jointly EFEE’s priorities for 2014: Improving the quality of teachers, professors and school leaders, skills and competences of 21st century, and reinforcing the Social Dialogue” stressed Bianka Stege, General Secretary of EFEE.

The newly appointed President/Chair Michael Moriarty stated:

“This appointment is a singular honour for me but also a challenge. Sectoral dialogue with unions at EU level and working collaboratively on agreed projects will be supportive of similar dialogue at national level. EFEE will also move to further broaden our membership with a particular focus on newer EU member countries.

The opportunity to address common issues that affect employers in many member states across the EU is invaluable . It is extraordinary that the issues of concern for employers across the EU are so similar.

Our focus now is to support the recovery from the deep economic downturn that has affected many EFEE members. This hopefully will be a new phase in the development of EFEE when we can further demonstrate our value to our member employer organisations.”

Michael Moriarty will continue the work of his predecessor David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services Hillingdon (Local Government Association).

On behalf of EFEE, Bianka Stege thanked David Simmonds for his most valuable contribution to defining EFEE’s political direction within its first years of existence, very decisive and important years of putting EFEE in the European picture. David Simmonds will continue his work for EFEE in the function of Vice-President, for which EFEE is very grateful.


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