In 2014 the United Nations is
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the
Family. Celebrating families
in 2014 would represent a major recognition of the considerable role played by
families in all Member States and in Europe as
COFACE is currently bringing
together a number of European NGOs, Social Partners and Family organisations
across Europe to support the COFACE campaign to have
2014 designated as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life.
The year would give a
very positive message to all Europeans, namely that it not only focuses on
matching skills and jobs, but it also wants to improve the lives and wellbeing
of its citizens. Through addressing the demographic challenges, we can also
look forward to a more optimistic future for the European Union.
The proposed 2014 European Year would build on the
achievements and continue to pursue the policy objectives of the previous
years, having relevant cross-cutting issues at its heart, starting with 2010,
the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, 2011 the European
Year of Volunteering, the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity
between Generations and the 2013 European Year of Citizens.
Published on 05 Oct 2011
Updated on 18 May 2013