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.


EU Family Statistics

EU family statistics

Here are a series of graphs we extracted from the ESDE 2015 report which provide comparative cross-country statistics on some key variables. Employment rate and the EU2020 employment target, 2014 (women and men) Changes in mothers’ employment, 2005-2013 Family benefits…

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Family Leaves

Family leaves

COFACE believes that a more family friendly workplace, in which the well-being and individual needs of workers are respected and taken into account, and in which leaves are not grounds for discrimination but rather a corner stone for a more…

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Recommendations For The Pillar

Recommendations for the Pillar

Recommendations for the future European Pillar of Social Rights: A compass for a renewed social agenda for all families in Europe COFACE Families Europe invites you to consider its recommendations on how to make the proposed European Pillar of Social…

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The European Parliament along the other institutions of the EU may seem far away from citizens in the different Member States, and often they don’t even hear about what decisions were taken. Contrary to common belief COFACE is convinced that…

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2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual report

In 2012, COFACE was 54 years old, the COFACE website pages have been viewed 78.192 times, Written Declaration nr 32 was signed by 240 MEPs, the COFACE team spent 36 hours in the train travelling to Strasbourg, we drank more…

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2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual report

2013 was not an easy year for the families living in Europe. The crisis and austerity measures were a harsh reality for many families and civil society organisations across Europe. When you read through our Annual Report, you will discover…

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