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COFACE’s mission is to contribute to better policy making at EU level to make a positive change in the lives of the millions of families living in Europe. To this end, our advocacy is organised in three areas of action:

Mainstreaming: Providing a voice for families in the EU political arena to mainstream the family perspective as far as possible. EU politics cannot disregard this fundamental part of the nature of being human.
Linking up: We strive to strengthen EU social and employment policies, ensuring links between local grassroots organisations, national family policies, and EU realities. We also facilitate links across EU countries, driving innovation through transnational exchanges.
Monitoring: We monitor the positive and negative impacts of EU policies and legislation beyond the social/family policy fields (see other policy fields on the website)


EU Consultation On Long-term Unemployment

EU consultation on long-term unemployment

On 2nd May the European Commission launched a public consultation in 23 languages on the measures proposed in the Council Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market (2016/C 67/01) and on their implementation. The aim…

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EU Consultation On The Future Of Europe

EU consultation on the Future of Europe

Ahead of a dedicated EU Summit in Sibiu, Romania, and the European elections in 2019, national leaders agreed on a Leaders' Agenda on pressing issues and challenges where solutions are needed. This is not about drafting EU rules and regulations.…

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Update On The Work Life Balance Dossier

Update on the Work Life Balance dossier

The month of May has seen progress for the Work-Life Balance Directive: - Council of Ministers: it is now a matter of days, the Member States may be getting closer to an agreement and Council may position itself at the…

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International Day Of Families: Activities Of Members

International Day of Families: Activities of members

On the International Day of Families 2018, the United Nations celebrated families and inclusive societies, highlighting the role of families and family policies in advancing Sustainable Development. Many COFACE members got involved in the festivities by organising different activities. Discover…

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60th Anniversary And Civil Society Days At The EESC

60th anniversary and Civil Society Days at the EESC

The EESC celebrated its 60th anniversary on 24 May with a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament. Speaking at the special commemorative plenary, President Luca Jahier highlighted the milestones in the EESC's history and recalled its…

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