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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.
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

2704, 2017

Press release | Audiovisual Media Services Revision adopted in the Committee: need for a stronger action against pornography

April 27th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Parenthood & Children education, Press Release|Tags: |

FAFCE expresses its deep concern regarding the vote that took place this week, on 25 April, in the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) of the European Parliament on the review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. More than 1300 amendments

803, 2017

Press Release | Protect the dignity of women, prevent pornographic addiction!

March 8th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Human dignity, Press Release|Tags: , |

As the International Day of Women is observed in political institutions across the world today, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) wishes to draw attention to the dignity of women and the attacks against it through

203, 2017

Press release | 3 March: European Day for a Work-Free Sunday

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Press Release|Tags: |

Brussels, 2 March 2017 Tomorrow is the European Day for a Work-Free Sunday and the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE), in the framework of the European Sunday Alliance, wishes to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the Sunday

1002, 2017

Protecting Minors from Pornography – Speech of Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General of FAFCE, at the European Parliament

February 10th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , |

Protecting minors from pornography Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General of FAFCE European Parliament, Brussels, 8 February 2017 Why would one not protect children from pornography? We have heard about the consequences of the exposure of children to pornography and there

902, 2017

European Parliament Rejects a Proposal for a Report on Surrogacy

February 9th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Human dignity, Latest News|Tags: |

FAFCE welcomes today’s rejection by the European Parliament of a proposal for a report on surrogacy, which could legitimise this practice. In fact, the Legal Affairs Committee had demanded authorisation to start a report about this issue, from

802, 2017

Press Release | Exposure of Children to Pornography: call to improve EU Legislation

February 8th, 2017|Categories: European Union, Parenthood & Children education, Press Release|Tags: |

Today a conference on the Exposure of Children to Pornography will take place at the European Parliament, to raise awareness on this issue of concern for parents and families in Europe. On this occasion FAFCE launches a call to the Members of the European Parliament