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.
European Parliament Resolution on reducing inequalities and promoting social inclusion in times of crisis for children and their families
Brussels, the 24th of November On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, during the Plenary Session in Strasbourg, the majority of parliamentarians voted in favour of the initiative on "Reducing Inequalities and Promoting Social Inclusion in Times of Crisis for Children
FAFCE welcomes conclusions on a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas approved by the European Council
Brussels, the 23rd of November 2023 FAFCE welcomes the conclusions adopted this week by the Council of the European Union on a long-term vision for the EU's rural areas. These conclusions recognise the key contributions of rural areas to
FAFCE Declaration on a Regulation on the cross-border recognition of parenthood The JURI Committee in the European Parliament voted to limit Member States' to decide on parenthood recognition, also in case of surrogacy. The Board of FAFCE issued a
PRESS RELEASE | FAFCE Autumn Board Meeting | Young people and mental health: families as their best allies
Brussels, the 27th of October 2023 A high level seminar at The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the blessing of a St. Joseph statue and the discussion on the current state of family policies have been at the
Brussels, the 6th of October 2023 “We welcome this week's decision of the European Parliament, finally recognising surrogacy as a crime of human trafficking. Moreover, surrogacy is now considered together with crimes as slavery, forced marriage, illegal adoption or
PRESS RELEASE The European Parliament favours eugenics Brussels, 13th of September 2023 “Does the European Parliament want to promote eugenics?” This is the question that FAFCE’s President, Vincenzo Bassi, asks himself after the approval, this morning in Strasbourg, of the Report on the
12th of July 2023 The Spanish Presidency Semester, started on the 1st of July 2023 and has published the working program of priorities. The Federation welcomes the willingness to develop key policies involving the demographic challenges, equal treatment and
11th of July 2023 On his feast day, less than one year before the next European elections, FAFCE wishes to remember St. Benedict, patron saint of Europe: "May St. Benedict intercede for our policymakers and legislators, so that -
22th of June 2023 Following the announcement of the results of the European Art Contest, FAFCE invited participants from all over Europe to Strasbourg to give the prizes to the winners of the contest and to reflect on the
Take-aways of FAFCE conference on the European Year of Skills 2023: a call to recognise family skills
2nd of June 2023 On the occasion of the European Year of Skills 2023, FAFCE and its partners organised on the 31st of May 2023 the dialogue conference: “Grounded in the Present, skilled for the Future”, addressing reskilling and upskilling