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European Parliament majority support for 2014 European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life

PRESS RELEASE

28 February 2013, Brussels – COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisation is proud to announce that the European Parliament officially adopted on the 7th February 2013 with 388 signatures (more than half of its members) the Written Declaration Nr.32 calling for the designation of 2014 as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life.

We are particularly indebted to the 4 co-signers of the Written Declaration, MEPs Marian Harkin, Jutta Steinruck, Roberta Angelilli and Elisabeth Morin Chartier, for believing in the project and for being instrumental in the process. We also thank our Members and supporters, who came from the four corners of Europe, often spontaneously offering help and support in convincing MEPs to sign the Written Declaration.

After the support of the Trio Presidency (Ireland, Lithuania and Greece), we now have the endorsement from the European Parliament, thus sending a very strong signal to the President of the European Commission and the heads of Member States to designate 2014.

COFACE is ready to lead the 2014 Alliance of Civil Society Organisations to prepare and implement successfully the European Year, which we believe will make a difference in the lives of all families, women, men and children in Europe.

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For further information, please contact:
Ana Pérez, Communication Manager  +32 2 500 56 93   aperez@coface-eu.org

Note to the editor
COFACE is a network of civil society associations representing the interests of all families. COFACE’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, and also protection of children online, privacy, data protection and reflections on technological developments and how they may impact families. More: www.coface-eu.org

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