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2016 General Assembly re-elects president, welcomes new board members and launches new name: COFACE – Families Europe


14 June 2016, Brussels – COFACE is pleased to announce that Annemie Drieskens is re-elected as president and forms together with Antonia Torrens, Jean Bernard Audureau and Eric de Wasch the new Executive Bureau. Also, the members of the Administrative Council have been elected at COFACE’s General Assembly 2016 held on 7th of June. With a new director, Liz Gosme and a new policy officer, Magdi Birtha, this marks a fresh new start for COFACE.

The 2016 General Assembly voted unanimously to renew the name of the organisation into COFACE-Families Europe and launched a new slogan: “A better society for all families”.

COFACE-Families Europe agreed an important Mission for the future:

COFACE-Families Europe is a network promoting the well-being, health and security of families and their members in a changing society and serves as a trusted entity for family mainstreaming and for the voice/needs of families in the EU and beyond.

All members committed to their involvement in COFACE-Families Europe working towards a family-friendly society, where families and their members benefit from sufficient financial resources, available quality services and adequate time arrangements in order to live and enjoy their family life in dignity and harmony.

COFACE-Families Europe is rooted in a set of six core values:

  • Non-discrimination. COFACE-Families Europe recognises all family forms.
  • Equal opportunities. COFACE-Families Europe believes equality between women and men is a cornerstone for the reconciliation of family and professional life.
  • Respect of human rights. COFACE-Families Europe seeks to advance the rights of families and their members to a decent quality of life.
  • Empowerment. COFACE-Families Europe aims to give a voice to all family members as citizens, consumers and workers.
  • Social inclusion. COFACE-Families Europe advocates for the shaping of policies to tackle poverty and social exclusion of families and their members.
  • Solidarity. COFACE-Families Europe promotes intergenerational solidarity between family members.

Please find below the new composition of COFACE-Families Europe’s Administrative Council and the Executive Bureau for the 2016-2020 period, as well as the current secretariat staff members.

Executive Bureau members:
Annemie Drieskens, President, Antonia Torrens, Vice-President, Jean-Bernard Audureau, Vice-President, Eric de Wasch, Treasurer.

Administrative Council – Full members:
Elisabeth Potzinger (AT), Annemie Drieskens (BE), Marie Nyssens (BE), Eric de Wasch (BE), Mariela Nankova (BG), Stuart Duffin (CZ), Hervé Hoffmann (CH), Sven Iversen (DE), Antonia Torrens (EL), Jean-Bernard Audureau (ES), Ascensión Iglesias (ES), Eija Koivuranta (FI), Mériadec Rivière (FR), Virginie Durin (FR), Silvija Stanic (HR), Shirley Power (IE), Gaetano Santonocito (IT), Roland Anen (LU), Peter Grabner (SL), Stanislav Trnovec (SK), Sarah Wellard (UK).

Administrative Council – Alternate members:
Eleonora Teixeira-Rossoll (AT), Françoise Goffinet (BE), Jacques Lodomez (BE), Sergey Todorov (BG), Hiltrud Stöcker-Zafari (DE), Dimitris Stamoulis (EL), José Ramon Lozano Petit (ES), Elvira Mendez (ES), Maria Kaisa Aula (FI), Evelyne Bernard (FR), Marie-Agnes Besnard (FR), Irene Bohac (HR), Rebecca Ryan (IE), Anna Maria Comito (IT), Andreja Grabner (SL), Slavomira Marekova (SK), Agnes Gautier (UK).

Liz Gosme, Director
Florian Charron, Project and Finance manager
Ana Pérez, Communication manager
Martin Schmalzried, Senior Policy and Advocacy officer, Safer Internet, Financial Services, Advertising, Public Health
Paola Panzeri, Senior Policy and Advocacy officer, Employment, Gender equality, Migration
Dr. Magdi Birtha, Policy and Advocacy officer, Disability issues, Education, Poverty and Social Exclusion

For further information, please contact:
Ana Pérez, Communication Manager  +32 2 500 56 93

Note to the editor
COFACE–Families Europe is a network of civil society associations representing the interests of all families. COFACE–Families Europe’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:

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