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Although family-policies are a national competence and greatly vary across the 27 EU Member-States, the European Union can play an important role in promoting family-friendly policies. FAFCE supports in this direction the daily work of the different EU bodies:

  • European Parliament: composed of representatives directly elected by the EU citizens, it participates to produce the EU legislation with the European Council and the European Commission.
  • European Council: composed of the EU heads of state or governments, it defines the EU’s political directions and priorities.
  • European Commission: composed of designated Commissioners led by a President, it is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.
  • Council of the European Union: composed of Ministers from each Member-States, it meets regularly to discuss specific points on the EU legislation and coordinate EU policies.
  • Economic and Social European Committee:  composed of representatives of civil society (workers’ and employers’ organisation, interest groups, etc.), this EU advisory body issues opinions on EU issues.
  • Committee of the Regions: composed of locally and regionally elected representatives, this EU advisory body produces opinions on EU legislation that directly impact regions and cities.
406, 2021

FAFCE Webinar on “Demographic Change and the Future of Europe”: “Family policies will shape the future of Europe”

June 4th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: |

4 June 2021 On June 3rd, 2021, FAFCE organised, in cooperation with the European People's Party (EPP) working group on ‘Intercultural and religious dialogue’, a Webinar on the topic of demographic change and the future of Europe. EPP Group

2705, 2021

PRESS RELEASE | FAFCE Board Members adopt a Resolution on “The Family is the Democratic and Demographic Future of Europe”

May 27th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, FAFCE Resolutions, Press Release|

Not only does the family constitute the first school of social and civic life by teaching children how to interact with others in a respectful and complementary manner based on compromise, it also affirms the importance of these values for parents and grandparents, who learn to make sacrifices for others and experience the unique freedom created through responsibility.

2505, 2021

EU Parliament Approves Initiative on “Reversing demographic trends in EU regions using cohesion policy instruments”

May 25th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Rural and Remote Areas|Tags: , , , |

25 May 2021, On Thursday, 20 May 2021, the European Parliament adopted a report on “Reversing demographic trends in EU regions using cohesion policy instruments" (Rapporteur: Daniel Buda, EPP, Romania). The report marks an positive step towards a more

2105, 2021

INVITATION | Webinar on Demographic Change and the Future of Europe (3 June 2021, 16.30-17.30 CEST)

May 21st, 2021|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe, in cooperation with The EPP Working group 'Intercultural and religious dialogue'  invites you to a  Webinar on Demographic Change and the Future of Europe Thursday, 3 June 2021 16.30-17.30 (Brussels time)

1205, 2021

European Parliament Calls to Recognise the Role of the Family in the European Child Guarantee

May 12th, 2021|Categories: European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , |

Brussels, 12 May 2021 On March 24th, 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for a European Child Guarantee, a key part of the European Union’s effort to eliminate child poverty and social exclusion. A previous FAFCE article detailed

2904, 2021

Launch of the Atlas of Demography, the EU database on Demography and Ageing in Europe

April 29th, 2021|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , |

29 April 2021, The European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Suica (for Democracy and Demography), and Commissionner Mariya Gabriel (for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) launched this morning the long awaited Atlas of Demography.  Produced by the Joint

2704, 2021

Recognition of Parenthood for Cross-Border Family Situations: FAFCE’s President urges President von der Leyen to protect the best interests of the child

April 27th, 2021|Categories: European Union, FAFCE, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , |

27 April 2021, During her State of the Union address in September 2020, EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen declared “if you are parent in one country, you are parent in every country.” This statement is

2304, 2021

FAFCE Contributes to the Implementation of the EU’s Green Paper on Ageing

April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, European Union, Human dignity, Latest News, Rural and Remote Areas|Tags: , , , , |

23 April 2021 On 21 April 2021, FAFCE contributed to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Green Paper on Ageing (click to download: FAFCE Contribution Green Paper on Ageing Questionnaire). The European Commission had invited stakeholders and the

1604, 2021

FAFCE Contributes to European Commission Consultation on Stopping Online Child Sexual Abuse

April 16th, 2021|Categories: European Union, FAFCE, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , |

FAFCE’s contribution seeks to offer to the Commission a comprehensive and cross-cutting legal framework for addressing all forms of online child sexual abuse and proposes five specific policies. Overall, the online protection of children must be a top priority of the European Union, in order to create a welcoming environment where children can learn, play, and have access to useful services while fully protected from the dreadful risks of online abuse.

104, 2021

UPDATE Freedom of education at stake in Spain: “#EuropaEscúchanos”

April 1st, 2021|Categories: European Union, FAFCE Members, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , |

UPDATE: The Committee on Petitions (PETI) and the European Commission both considered the Ley Celaa during their last meetings. In their presentations, the five petitioners presented arguments to protect the freedom of education in Spain. Meanwhile, the European Commission