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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.
2010, 2021

FAFCE addresses the motherhood and parental pay gap in a public consultation on pay transparency measures

October 20th, 2021|Categories: Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , |

20 October 2021, FAFCE welcomed the recent Commission’s proposal for a directive on pay transparency measures to tackle the difference of pay between men and women. FAFCE endorsed the Commission’s will to “strengthen the application of the principle of

2709, 2021

2021 State of the Union Address by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: a year focused on the European youth

September 27th, 2021|Categories: European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

27 September 2021, The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, addressed on the 16th of September the European Parliament to present the annual guidelines of the Commission’s working program, also known as the “State of the

1309, 2021

INVITATION | FAFCE DIALOGUE with Slovenian Minister Janez Cigler Kralj of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

September 13th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, Latest News|Tags: , , |

Click here to register Please register before the 20th of September 2021.

1307, 2021

European Union Moves Forward in its Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse

July 13th, 2021|Categories: Children's Rights, European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , |

The main thrust of the mechanisms outlined in the report is that the providers of “number-independent interpersonal communications services”, i.e. digital communication tools other than phones, must scan user content for online child sexual abuse material or child solicitation and remove it from their servers. T

207, 2021

European Commission Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas Focuses on Social Challenges

July 2nd, 2021|Categories: Ageing, Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Rural and Remote Areas|Tags: , , |

5 July 2021 On June 30th, 2021, the European Commission published its long-awaited Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas, which outlines the Commission’s strategy for developing Europe’s rural regions. The document—formally a communication to the European Parliament, the Council of

2506, 2021

The EU Slovenian Presidency will “address the negative demographic trends in the EU”

June 25th, 2021|Categories: European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

25 June 2021, The EU's Slovenian Presidency will start on the 1st of July 2021 and will continue until the end of 2021. Slovenia is taking over the Council of the EU after Portugal, which took over from Germany.

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, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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