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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.
1801, 2021

The demographic transition included in the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU

January 18th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , |

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which rotates every 6 months between EU Member States, has been taken over by Portugal for the first half of 2021, under the motto “Time to deliver: for a fair,

1301, 2021

FAFCE Dialogue with Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for Family and Equal Opportunities: “The Families need to be seen as subject who are able to create the future”

January 13th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, FAFCE, Family & Work-life balance, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , |

“These FAFCE Webinars aim to raise awareness on demographic and family issues”. Those were the words of FAFCE President, Vincenzo Bassi, at the opening of FAFCE Webinar with the Italian Minister for Family and Equal Opportunities, Ms Elena Bonetti.

1201, 2021

Press Release | Latvia: FAFCE supports the Constitutional Amendment in favour of Marriage and Family

January 12th, 2021|Categories: European Union, Parenthood & Children education, Press Release|Tags: , , , , |

Brussels, 12 January 2021 “We support the efforts of the Latvian legislators towards the recognition of marriage as the stable union of a man and a woman, at the basis of the family, in its fundamental law” – these

1101, 2021

Where is the family in the EU recovery plan?

January 11th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the past 6 months, the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member-States discussed and adopted several instruments to overcome the pandemic and its economic consequences. Key elements to understand the EU Recovery Plan To address the pandemic

501, 2021

INVITATION | FAFCE DIALOGUES #2 with Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family (12 January 2021, 12.00 – 13.00)

January 5th, 2021|Categories: Demographic challenges, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

WEBINAR INVITATION FAFCE is happy to invite you to a dialogue series with high-level policy-makers on Register Register by Monday, 11 January 2021.

2412, 2020

For Christmas we want to gift children a safer Internet in 2021

December 24th, 2020|Categories: European Union, Human dignity, Latest News, Parenthood & Children education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Child sexual abuse is among the most heinous crimes on the innocents. This crime is however a growing reality due to the rapid expansion of the digital world. To answer the complex issue of illegal online content regulation, the

1112, 2020

FAFCE Dialogue with Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families: “Families should not be forced to give up on their wish to have children”

December 11th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, Family & Work-life balance, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Will the EU recovery plan invest in the family? What are the good practices of family policies in Hungary? Those were the questions raised during last FAFCE Webinar with Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families. Ms Novák recalled the

712, 2020

FAFCE WEBINAR on the EU recovery and its investment in the family: “Without families and family associations there is no future for Europe”

December 7th, 2020|Categories: Demographic challenges, Economy of the Family, European Union, FAFCE Members, Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In cooperation with our Spanish member Foro de la Familia, FAFCE organised an online event on 3 December 2020 to discuss the EU Recovery plan and its investment in the family. The Webinar was hosted by Member of the

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.