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UNAF Spain acknowledges that the approval of the country’s new Law on Families is “a great step forward” but calls for “more ambitious” measures

UNAF Spain acknowledges that the approval of the country’s new Law on Families is “a great step forward” but calls for “more ambitious” measures

The president of COFACE member organisation, UNAF (the Union of Family Associations) Ascensión Iglesias Redondo, has recognised this Tuesday that the draft Family Law approved this by the Council of Ministers is "a great step forward" for "the protection and recognition of the rights of families in their diversity", but at the same time has called for "more ambitious" measures. 

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In Czech schools, almost 30,000 families cannot pay for school lunch for their children

In Czech schools, almost 30,000 families cannot pay for school lunch for their children

In Czech Republic the number of requests for help providing school lunches for children from low-income families has increased dramatically. The W4W: Lunches for Children project, FEAD programme, and municipalities have all contributed to providing lunches to around 30,000 children, however the number of applications is expected to further increase to 20,000 in 2022. 

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Building European bridges between policy and research on social rights: update on new projects

Building European bridges between policy and research on social rights: update on new projects

As well as collecting data on families via different expert meetings (see the different meeting reports available on the website), COFACE actively builds bridges with research institutions through formal partnerships under Horizon Europe, and by advising different European research projects on work-life balance, the impact of digital transformations on children, early childhood education and care, long-term care and more. COFACE also supports academic institutions to build new research projects on social rights.

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UNICEF Progress Report on the Implementation of the European Child Guarantee (Phase III)

UNICEF Progress Report on the Implementation of the European Child Guarantee (Phase III)

The Programmatic Updates on Phase III of the Preparatory Action to the Child Guarantee provide a snapshot and progress from March 2021 to November 2022 of the ongoing work in each of the 7 pilot countries, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain to test the European Child Guarantee.

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European Commission proposes new rules for the recognition of parenthood between Member States

European Commission proposes new rules for the recognition of parenthood between Member States

In December 2022, as part of its Equality package, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation aimed at harmonising at EU level the rules of private international law relating to parenthood. In line with the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, the proposal is focused on the best interests and the rights of the child.

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COFACE Families Europe is looking for a Project and Advocacy Officer (4 days/week, permanent contract) on labour market discrimination

COFACE Families Europe is looking for a Project and Advocacy Officer (4 days/week, permanent contract) on labour market discrimination

The Project and Advocacy Officer will join the COFACE secretariat in Brussels from early April 2023, working closely with COFACE Director and team members. They will be in charge of coordinating the dissemination work package of Paths2Include, a three-year Horizon Europe research project.

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Register for a free online bullying prevention course and create an inclusive school climate!   

Register for a free online bullying prevention course and create an inclusive school climate!   

Positive and inclusive classroom dynamics are every educator’s dream and what every student deserves. Through this e-learning course, discover useful insights into the causes, expression, and effects of bullying, as well as clear guidelines on how to prevent and tackle bullying in school communities.

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COFACE-Families Europe welcomes the agreement on the revision of the Consumer Credit Directive

COFACE-Families Europe welcomes the agreement on the revision of the Consumer Credit Directive

On the 2nd of December 2022, the Commission, Council, and European Parliament agreed on the final text of the Consumer Credit Directive revision. Consumers will benefit from several improvements, but there is still room for future improvements and COFACE-Families Europe will continue to follow future developments.

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