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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.
312, 2020

Press Release | COMECE-FAFCE reflection on the role of the elderly in times of demographic change

December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Elderly people are a gift and a resource, [...] they cannot be seen as separated from communities”, states FAFCE, together with the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) in the reflection paper “The Elderly and the Future of

212, 2020

FAFCE recalls the role of the family when reinforcing Social Europe

December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The European Pillar of Social Rights is our social strategy to make sure that the transitions of climate-neutrality, digitalisation and demographic change, as well as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, are socially fair and just. It builds upon 20 key principles.

112, 2020

FAFCE highlights the role of parents for the EU strategy on the rights of the child (2021-2024)

December 1st, 2020|Categories: Economy of the Family, European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , |

FAFCE has been committed for the past years to bring the voice of families at the institutional level in Europe, especially through continuous contributions to the public consultations, which are an integral part of the legislative process of the

3011, 2020

WEBINAR | “Will the EU recovery invest in the family?” (3 December 2020, 15.00 – 16.00)

November 30th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

WEBINAR INVITATION In cooperation with Foro de la Familia, FAFCE is happy to invite you on Thurday, 3 December 2020 15.00 - 16.00 CET to an online event  on the EU Recovery plan and its investment in the family.

2611, 2020

The EU Trio Presidency and European Commissioners express their support for families

November 26th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , |

On the 24th of November 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth organied an online event on “Overcoming COVID-19 – jointly developing prospects for strong families”, where representatives of the EU Trio Presidency

2211, 2020

FAFCE DIALOGUES #1 with Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families

November 22nd, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|

FAFCE is happy to invite you to its dialogue on "Recovery plan and family policies: investing in the future of Europe" with Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families, to be held on 10 December 2020 (12.00-13.00 CET). Please find below

1811, 2020

Ban on eugenic abortion in Poland: a crucial step to end discrimination against persons with disabilities

November 18th, 2020|Categories: European Union, FAFCE Members, Human dignity, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

On the 22nd of October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that abortion due to eugenic reasons was unconstitutional, as it was contrary to the protection of the dignity and the life of the human person, guaranteed by the

1011, 2020

Press Release | FAFCE Board: Family is the heart of the post-pandemic recovery

November 10th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE Members, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

FAFCE held today its bi-annual Board Meeting, gathering representatives of Members Associations from all over Europe. Sharing the same concerns for the future of Europe after the pandemic, FAFCE Members adopted a Resolution on “Family is the heart of

1011, 2020

FAFCE Board Resolution | Family is the heart of the post-pandemic recovery

November 10th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, FAFCE Resolutions, Latest News, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

FAFCE Board Resolution Family is the heart of the post-pandemic recovery Online Board Meeting, 10 November 2020 The future is only possible with children, and the post-pandemic recovery will only be possible with the family. The Federation of Catholic

2610, 2020

European Parliament recognises the importance of the family in Employment and social policies

October 26th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , |

On October 22nd, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on “Employment and social policies of the Euro area 2020” which recognises the vital importance of families and offers specific improvements in four different areas, as described in following paragraphs.