Economy of the Family
The areas in which a family operates are relevant not only from a social standpoint but also from an economic one. Like any business, a family operates through organisation, professionalism, and efficiency. Family members conduct their family activities free of charge, producing many positive externalities to their members and to society as a whole. Therefore, a family can be classified as an economic entity, and its function is original and necessary to achieve the common good in areas of constitutional importance (e.g. education and care). Stronger families do not just consume good and services, but also finance the banking system with their savings and help relieve distressed public finances thanks to their intergenerational solidarity.
Family is a relevant economic actor that should be supported as much as companies in its role towards society.
On the 6th of May 2020, FAFCE held its 2020 Spring Board Meeting via videoconference. 31 representatives of family associations from 18 European Countries gathered to discuss on the European demographic challenges, the Members' activities and the emergency measures needed to support families in Europe. A Resolution was also adopted and is made public today (also available in French and German), on the occasion of the International Day of the Family: “Families: the front line in the pandemic”.
FAFCE Board Resolution Families are the front line in the pandemic Online Board Meeting, 6 May 2020 In the context of the current pandemic, families are in the front line. The dislocation of the social fabric is now reduced
Press Release Families need a more effective support Brussels, 4 May 2020 "Families and enterprises must be helped together: they go hand in hand and everyone, in the current situation, should recognise this evidence"- says Vincenzo Bassi, President of
Brussels, 18 March 2020 No European family should feel to be left alone by the institutions, in a moment where fear and disorientation seem to prevail, we wish to reaffirm the fundamental importance of the family: the corona-virus
On September 7th, FAFCE held a policy briefing on The Family at the centre of the Economy: the way out of the crisis, organised together with two of its Members, the Forum delle Associazioni Familiari (Italy) and the Confédération Nationale des Associations Familiales Catholiques (France). During the meeting,
FAFCE’s Message on the occasion of the International Day of the Family 2013: Invest in the Family, Families are Europe’s wealth!
Families are the basic units of society, and a family has a value of its own. It is more than just the simple sum of its members. From an economic perspective the family is not only a consumer
Berlin, 08.07.08: The President of the Federation of catholic Family associations in Europe (FAFCE), Elisabeth Bußmann, has called on the Governments of the EU Member States to endorse the proposal for a Council Directive to apply reduced VAT