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27 Oct, 2021

European Elections: #AllFamiliesSpeakOut

2024 European elections

The 2024 European Parliament election is scheduled to be held on 6 to 9 June 2024. This will be the tenth parliamentary election since the first direct elections in 1979.

How to vote

Choose your country of voting and your preferred language to find out how to vote. As an EU citizen, you can vote in your country of origin, from abroad or in the EU country you live in. Please note that registration might be required in order to vote. Click here to find out how to vote and find information in an accessible easy-to-read format, and see more information below about how the EU works and what the EU does for you.

What COFACE Families Europe wants.

In 2019, COFACE Families Europe mobilised voters locally through its member organisations (representing families of all types, without discrimination). We launched a call to the network to vote and speak out in May 2019 using 10 key values as a compass (highlighted in the picture above and described below).

Non-discrimination: A Europe recognising all family forms.
Accessibility: A Europe that promotes participation of persons with disabilities and their families in all areas of life.
Child well-being: A Europe which invests in the health and education of children.
Solidarity: A Europe which promotes intergenerational solidarity, with full support and recognition of the role of family carers.
Respect of human rights: A Europe which advances the rights of ALL families and their members.
Equal opportunities: A Europe which believes in equality between women and men, as a cornerstone for achieving reconciliation between family and professional life.
Empowerment: A Europe which gives a voice to ALL families to act as citizens, worker and consumers with strong support for national and European civil society organisation.
Internet for all: A Europe which harnesses the transformative potential of technology.
Social inclusion: A Europe which tackles poverty and social exclusion of families and their members, through access to resources and community-based services.
Sustainability: A Europe which wants to make the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality.

 

Following the election of the new European Parliament, COFACE Families Europe published a list of key short-term demands (also available in Easy-to-Read language) to be achieved by the new European Commission from 2020-2024, which are to be seen as concrete steps to meet the long-term goals of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

They reflect the needs and challenges of families of today and call for a mix of European actions (policy, law, funding, benchmarking, innovation) to drive real change.

These recommendations are addressed at EU-level policy-makers in the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU, from whom we expect joint leadership to ensure tangible results for Europe’s citizens during the 5-year mandate. It is on this basis that we are now assessing the results of the European Union’s work from 2019 to 2024, and we will formulate new recommendations for 2024-2029.

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