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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.
1104, 2024

PRESS RELEASE Abortion vote at European Parliament an “ideological declaration”, says FAFCE

April 11th, 2024|Categories: Children's Rights, Demographic challenges, European Union, Latest News, Press Release|Tags: , , , , |

Brussels, 11th April 2024 Reacting to the vote, FAFCE President Vincenzo Bassi commented, “this vote is nothing more than cynical political posturing before the European elections. The matter of abortion is not in the ambit of the European Parliament.

1004, 2024

The Importance of ‘Sunday Protection’, European Sunday Alliance organises Parliamentary Breakfast

April 10th, 2024|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Brussels, 10th April 2024 The European Sunday Alliance organised a breakfast seminar this morning with MEPs, Commission representatives, trade unionists, policy experts, and faith-based advisers. The meeting was entitled The Importance of ‘Sunday Protection’ in EU Policy Initiatives On

604, 2024

PRESS RELEASE Rome conference on the Universal Abolition of Surrogacy: “finding common ground for human dignity”

April 6th, 2024|Categories: Children's Rights, Demographic challenges, European Union, Human dignity, Latest News, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , |

Rome, 6th April 2024 The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) is proud to be a part of the coalition committed to the universal abolition of surrogacy. Hosted by the Casablanca Declaration, the first day of the

2803, 2024

Easter message from FAFCE

March 28th, 2024|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Brussels, 28th March 2024 Dear Friends, This week we celebrate with our families the mysteries of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. With this newsletter, we wish you a peaceful Easter and also reflect on some of the many

2103, 2024

FAFCE stresses family-work balance priority at Tripartite Social Summit

March 21st, 2024|Categories: Council of Europe, Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Brussels, 21st March, 2024 On Wednesday 20th March, representatives from the EU institutions met at the Tripartite Social Summit. Co-chaired by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (and featuring trade union and

2003, 2024

FAFCE co-hosts Investing in the Family, Investing in the Future conference

March 20th, 2024|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Brussels, 20th March 2024 FAFCE co-hosted a conference yesterday entitled Investing in the Family, Investing in the Future. Held at the European Parliament in Brussels, the conference emphasised the significance of investing in family policies for a brighter future.

1903, 2024

FAFCE celebrates Saint Joseph’s Day

March 19th, 2024|Categories: Children's Rights, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Heroes of the Family Movement, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Brussels, 19th March 2024 19th March marks the feast of Saint Joseph. In Spain, Portugal and Italy, Saint Joseph's Day is also celebrated as Father's Day. We wish everyone a blessed Saint Joseph's Day, especially to fathers and husbands.

1503, 2024

FAFCE welcomes EU Parliament debate on Ageing

March 15th, 2024|Categories: Ageing, Children's Rights, Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Brussels, 15th March 2024 FAFCE warmly welcomes the debate on ageing which took place on Thursday 14th March at the European Parliament. MEPs highlighted the challenges of the demographic winter in Europe, which was also highlighted by the European

1503, 2024

FAFCE responds to Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

March 15th, 2024|Categories: Children's Rights, Economy of the Family, European Union, Latest News, Rural and Remote Areas|Tags: , , , , , , |

Brussels, 15th March 2024 On Tuesday, MEPs adopted a new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The plans, agreed on by the Council, aim to make the EU building sector carbon neutral by 2050. The targets set by the Directive

1503, 2024

FAFCE welcomes resolution to create an annual designation of European Capitals of Children

March 15th, 2024|Categories: Children's Rights, Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Brussels, 15th March 2024 FAFCE welcomes the resolution on the creation of a European initiative for an annual designation of European Capitals of Children. The resolution was passed by the European Parliament yesterday. The resolution highlights the following: Children's