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What do family carers want? COFACE presented preliminary results of its data collection

COFACE Families Europe’s Policy and Advocacy Officer, Dr. Magdi Birtha was invited to speak at a European Expert meeting “Reconciling Work and Care. Experiences from Different European Countries”, organised by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in Berlin on 4-5 September 2017. The event brought together about 30 experts, including policy makers, researchers and civil society representatives to discuss how can member states of the European Union ensure the provision of elderly care in ageing societies?

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Within its Work-Life balance Package, the European Commission proposed a carer’s leave of five days a year, among other measures. Additionally, member states have already put into practice a variety of approaches and policies to support family carers in combining work and care. Governments can use, for instance, leave schemes or financial benefits as instruments to support working carers. Further approaches include more flexible work arrangements, especially with regard to time and place, as well as counselling services.

COFACE presented the preliminary results of our stocktaking study on the challenges and needs of family carers, building on over 1000 questionnaires that we received from 16 European countries. The study will be published at a breakfast event in the European Parliament co-hosted by MEP Sehnalová and MEP Harkin on 30 November 2017. Stay tuned!

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