Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

PACE Meeting on Sexual Violence against Children in the Digital environment




Brussels, 7 December 2016

On Thursday, 1st of December, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held a meeting in Florence in the context of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians to Stop Sexual Violence against Children and the One in Five Campaign. This was the last meeting of the Network and was focused on “sexual violence against children in the digital environment and other challenges”. On behalf of FAFCE, the event was attended by Mr Gianni Fini, President of "Foro toscano delle famiglie", regional association of Forum delle Associazioni Familiari, the biggest Italian member of FAFCE.

During the event, it was stressed that the online environment provides good opportunities but also great risks for children, who can be exposed to harmful contents, such as pornography and gratuitous violence, or get in contact with offenders exploring children’s vulnerability, thus making them victims of sexual violence and exploitation.

Countries should then promote actions that involve parents, schools and institutions to alert children for the risks of internet and teach them how to use it properly. There should also be international cooperation on sharing good practices in this regard. At the end of the event, deputies signed the Florence Declaration, where they commit to take actions to protect children from sexual exploitation online.

Recalling the importance of the role of parents and families, FAFCE brings the voice of a large number of local associations which work on the ground with schools and children. Fo example, "Foro toscano delle famiglie" met in the past three years 500 preteens, their parents and teachers in 24 classes in 12 schools, in an educational experience based on the interactive mode of peer-education, very effective in the logic of prevention of abuse and violence against children, potentially inflicted or suffered. FAFCE is following very closely this topic, both at the Council of Europe, where it holds a participatory status, and at the EU institutions, where the Audiovisual Media Services is currently being reviewed

Press release | Reserving marriage to a man and a woman is not discriminatory, says the European Court of Human Rights


Brussels, 9 June 2016
Reserving marriage to a man and a woman is not discriminatory. This was confirmed by a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) published today. In the case
Chapin and Charpentier v. France (known in France as the "mariage de Bègles") the Court unanimously found that Article 12 (right to marry), taken together with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), and Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), taken together with Article 14, were not violated. This means that the French State, preventing two men from marrying (at a moment where the law did not provide this possibility), did not violate the European Convention for Human Rights.

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Meeting with Joseph Daul, EPP President

J. DAUL | Auteur: European People's PartyA cordial meeting took place on 17 June 2015 between FAFCE President, Antoine Renard, and the President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul. The meeting was also attended by FAFCE Secretary General, Maria Hildingsson, and Christian Kremer, EPP Deputy Secretary General.

The meeting focused on the Resolution “Prospering families for a prosperous Europe or What is good for the family is good for Europe”, adopted by the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party on 23 January 2015. As FAFCE already stated, with this resolution the EPPPolitical Assembly, constituted by delegate members of national political parties, made an important step in favour of European families, acknowledging “that throughout the ages, the core of social wellbeing in European nations has been fuelled by a social order based on stable and lasting family bonds, consisting in stable and lasting marriages between a man and a woman oriented towards, and with responsibility for, their children.

Antoine Renard underlined the responsibility of the EPP in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in the European Parliament and – through its Member Parties – in almost all European Countries to promote the family as the basic and most fundamental unit of the society: an important task, for which many politicians need to be encouraged to act in line with their conscience and the values of their political family.

On this basis, Antoine Renard and Joseph Daul agreed stating the need for political parties and governments as well as the concerned European institutions to make concrete proposals for supporting and promoting the family, acknowledging the reality of the demographic change and the challenges of our societies. In this sense, for example, they agreed that the links between education and training and the employment sectors need to be strengthened and that the family has a key role in this framework, with parents as the first educators of their children. 

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