The history of COFACE is intertwined with the history of the European Union, and its growth has followed the same pace, slowly but surely. COFACE was born in 1958 following the creation of the European Economic Community, as “the Family Consumption Committee”, and piece by piece, COFACE members mainstreamed the family perspective beyond consumer policy in social, education, and disability policy.

In this section you will find real pieces of history such as telegrams, press releases, cassettes, vintage documents… COFACE’s pieces of history prove that most of the policy recommendations and advocacy strategies used in the past are being used today. It looks like history is repeating itself… One concrete example, our Work-Life Balance campaign. More details below.

Shaping the EU Treaties

   

Telegrams, the collective mobilisation in the eighties

   

   

Beginnings of debates on gender equality in the family

   

#ialreadywantedworklifebalanceintheeighties

   

Without families, Europe has no future

   

   

Family mainstreaming in all EU policies

   

   

The “modern” consumer of information technology

   

 

European Charter for Family Carers

   

Mainstreaming disability rights and promoting independent living

   

SDGs 1.0: Sustainable consumption and consumer awareness-raising

   

Our visual identity through the ages