COFACE Families-Europe and two of its Belgian members Gezinsbond and La Ligue des Familles are jointly organising the conference “Families on the move” that will take place in Brussels at the centre of Europe at the Higher Institute for Family Studies on Friday 12th May 2017 from 9.00 to 16.30.
“Families on the Move” was selected as our theme in 2017 to address pressing challenges for families in Europe and beyond. As a European organisation representing the interests of families and striving to build inclusive European societies, we decided to organise a series of workshops on four “moves”: economic, digital, geographic, and social. For each move, we are bringing together key stakeholders and a variety of perspectives, to firstly discuss the state of play and then pave the way for actions and solutions:
Workshop on Economic move
“Portability of benefits and services for families moving within the EU: breaking down key legal and practical barriers”
Workshop on Digital move
Empowering families to move freely online: harnessing the full potential of the internet through genuine data portability.
Workshop on Geographic move
Separated families moving across borders: how to make the right to family reunification a reality for third country nationals of the EU?
Workshop on Social move
The societal shift in parenting and working roles: legislation as a driver to achieve work-life balance for all
Workshop speakers include representatives from European and national civil society, the European Commission, the Organisation for European Cooperation and Development, the UNHCR, Migration Policy Group, Council of Europe, European and national social partners (ETUC, Business Europe, Dutch trade unions), researchers from universities involved in different EU-wide projects, policy-makers in national government, company representatives, and more.