An important role of COFACE Families Europe is to function as a bridge between civil society organisations, research bodies and public authorities. We build on the experience of our member organisations and we listen to the needs of families at grassroots level and channel these to policy and decision makers at EU level, daily ensuring links between EU and local realities. In addition to consulting our member organisations, we regularly link up to other networks to exchange best practice, learn about other ways of solving societal problems, and grow our network, on which we can rely for our events, projects and advocacy work.

We are actively engaged in a number of EU working groups, to which we bring our knowledge about the needs of the families across Europe. These are either projects or networks run by the European Institutions (the European Commission, the European Parliament, the EESC, and the Council of Europe), the United Nations, other civil society networks, corporate networks and research projects.


European Commission

  • European High-Level Group on Disability
  • European Platform for Diet, Physical activity and Health
  • Financial Services Users Group
  • CEO Coalition for a Better Internet for Kids
  • Industry coalition on Safer Internet
  • European Consultative Consumer Group
  • Stakeholder Group for the Fitness Check of EU Consumer Law
  • European Migration Forum

European Parliament

  • Interest Group on Carers
  • Child Rights Intergroup
  • Committees FEMM, EMPL, IMCO

EU Agencies

  • The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)
  • European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
  • European Banking Authority (EBA)
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

International agencies

  • United Nations (special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council)
  • Council of Europe

EU Civil Society networks

  • Alter-EU
  • Better Internet for Kids
  • eTwinning
  • EASPD cooperation (together with MHE, ENIL, EDF, Inclusion Europe)
  • EESC – Liaison Group
  • EU Alliance for Investing in children
  • EU Alliance against Disability Cuts
  • European coalition to end violence against women and girls
  • European Disability Forum (European NGO Group)
  • European Disability Forum Task Force on the European Accessibility Act
  • European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based settings
  • European Platform on Asylum and Migration
  • European Financial Inclusion Network
  • Population Europe
  • Social Platform
  • Sustainable Development Goals Watch

Corporate networks

  • ICT Coalition for the Safer Use of Connected Devices and Online Services by Children and Young People in the EU
  • Women Entrepreneurship Platform
  • The Alliance for Maternal Health Equality