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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.
601, 2022

Where is the family in the priorities of the 2022 EU French Presidency?

January 6th, 2022|Categories: European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

Brussels, 6 January 2022 The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union started on the first of January 2022, and will last until June 2022. It is the fourth time France takes the President of the Council,

912, 2021

The European Parliament recognises the complementary role of parents in the education of children

December 9th, 2021|Categories: Children's Rights, European Union, FAFCE, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education, United Nations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

9 December 2021, On November 11th, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on “The European Education Area: a shared holistic approach”, providing several guidelines to tackle the educational challenges in Europe since the start of the pandemic. FAFCE welcomes

1811, 2021

European Day to End Child Sex abuse : FAFCE stresses the urgent need of a safer environment for children

November 18th, 2021|Categories: Council of Europe, European Union, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , |

18 November 2021 On the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the Council of Europe reminded the European countries of their international commitment when it comes to the fight abuse against children,

511, 2021

What to expect in 2022 at the EU level: key highlights of the European Commission 2022 work programme

November 5th, 2021|Categories: European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

What to expect in 2022 at the EU level  Key highlights of the European Commission 2022 work programme 5 November 2021 The European Commission adopted on the 19th of October 2021 its work programme for 2022.

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