Although aware that family policy remains a Member State responsibility, COFACE believes that the EU has a real influence on Europeans’ family lives, and that the European Institutions must therefore give proper weight to the family dimension of EU policies and initiatives. COFACE also stresses that the content of any family policy at any level must be primarily directed towards addressing families’ essential needs in terms of resources, services and time.

Whatever type of family they come from, most Europeans have been, are or will be part of “a family”, and opinion polls show that the family still comes at the top of the list of values. Also, the family is now more key than ever in shaping the identity and education of individuals, but also in forging attachment to society.

It therefore calls on the Commission to see that the family life of people living in the Union is taken into account in European decision-making so that all families can see themselves reflected in the shaping of Europe, and take an active part in it. That is a fundamental task of the European Union.


Civil Society Organisations & SDGs

Civil Society organisations & SDGs

For the first time since COFACE obtained the UN consultative status in2014, we organised a joint event with the UN focal point on the family in Amsterdam. The conference ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Gender Equality: the role of family…

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Population Europe Releases New Paper On Social Vulnerability

Population Europe releases new paper on social vulnerability

Population Europe, a network of Europe's leading demographic research centres, has released a new discussion paper by Ann Zimmermann on social vulnerability.  It is part of a series of in-depth insights into contemporary discussions among demographic experts from research, policy and…

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UNAF Spain Represents Families Europe In Madrid

UNAF Spain represents Families Europe in Madrid

UNAF Spain President Julia Pérez Correa , Member of COFACE Families Europe, represented COFACE in Madrid on 23-24 March, in an event on "Building Equality from the municipal action" organised by the Institute for Women and Equal Opportunities (IMIO) and the…

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