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European Union

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.
1004, 2020

Focus on demographic challenges: FAFCE’s interventions to the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

Brussels (14-15 January) – In the context of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which has made the demographic challenge one of the priorities of its semester (January-July 2020), FAFCE intervened in different European institutions to

1004, 2020

Meeting with Dubravka Suica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , |

Brussels (25 February 2020) - Our President, Vincenzo Bassi, and our Secretary General, Nicola Speranza, met with Vice-President Dubravka Šuica and her team to present FAFCE’s proposals regarding her portfolio on Demography and Democracy. They discussed about demographic trends, family-friendly

2505, 2019

FAFCE Presidency Message for the European Elections Stronger Families for Flourishing Societies: Vote for the Family!

May 25th, 2019|Categories: European Union, Latest News|Tags: |

Dear FAFCE Friends, The EU elections have already started in some Countries and will take place tomorrow in all the others. As the Board of our Federation already did last week from Malta with the resolution on Rebuilding Europe starting

2502, 2019

Challenges of pregnancy and motherhood in the workplace

February 25th, 2019|Categories: European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: |

On Tuesday 19th February, Femina Europa organized a conference on “Challenges of pregnancy and motherhood in the workplace” hosted by MEP Anna Zaborska (EPP, Slovakia) at the European Parliament. Marine de Poncins (Founder of the French Association “Les

1902, 2019

Work-free Sunday in Europe: Which way forward?

February 19th, 2019|Categories: European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , |

Yesterday in Brussels FAFCE took part in the European Sunday Alliance’s 2019 networking event entitled ‘Work-free Sunday and decent working hours in Europe: Which way forward?’. The event was specifically tailored towards the members and supporters of the

2202, 2018

A question of time – volunteering, social and civic engagement in a connected society

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: |

Brussels, 22 February 2018  The European Sunday Alliance organised in the European Parliament a breakfast meeting on the role of common free time for civic engagement and volunteering. The event, hosted by the MEPs Evelyn Regner (S&D) and

2909, 2017

Family policy: the elephant in the room of social rights

September 29th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: |

On 11 September 2017 a public hearing on the ‘Impact of the social dimension and the European Pillar of Social Rights on the Future of the European Union’  was organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in