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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 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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