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ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

COFACE has the ambition to shape together a strong social Europe fit for families and foster a European society that is more inclusive, offers equal opportunities and brings everyone forward.
In preparation of the next European elections on 6-9th June 2024, here are ten specific actions we would like to see integrated in the programme of the European Union.

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COFACE participates in EU Belgian Presidency Social Summit 

COFACE participates in EU Belgian Presidency Social Summit 

On 14 and 15 April, COFACE Families Europe participated in the Social Summit on the Future of Social Europe that took place in the small Belgian village of La Hulpe. The purpose of the high-level conference was to sign an inter-institutional declaration, with the ultimate goal of shaping the future social agenda of the European Union for period of 2024-2029.

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Joint statement: Time for an ambitious European Long-Term Care Platform

Joint statement: Time for an ambitious European Long-Term Care Platform

In view of the High-Level event of the Belgian presidency of the EU on the European Pillar of Social Rights taking place in La Hulpe on 15 and 16th April 2024, as well as the upcoming European elections, 16 European organisations call on EU policy makers to enhance the implementation of Pillar principle 18 on the right to long-term care under the next 2024-2029 legislature, starting with the creation of a European Long-Term Care Platform.

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New European study brings the voice of families to the fore on need for a more robust approach to supporting families

New European study brings the voice of families to the fore on need for a more robust approach to supporting families

The rEUsilience project under Horizon Europe (with COFACE as an intergral partner), has recently presented its latest findings from focus groups involving over 300 family members across six European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). These insights delve into the realities families encounter amidst socio-economic risks like job loss and substantial care responsibilities.

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Belgium assumes EU Presidency

Belgium assumes EU Presidency

The Council of the European Union will be headed by Belgium for the first six months of 2024 (1st of January to the 30th of June), a special year for the institution because next June, the citizens of the 27 Member States (nearly 200 million voters in the last elections in 2019) will elect the 720 new Members of the European Parliament.

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OPINION – Investing in family policies is a win for every child

OPINION – Investing in family policies is a win for every child

Universal Children’s Day on 20th November offers us an inspirational entry point to promote child well-being and build a world fit for children. It is a day of action by children. They are speaking out and imagining a better future. It is important to listen to their ideas and demands. It is also a day for children to ensure their rights and provide a nurturing and safe environment for all from birth on.

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Paving the way for a disability-inclusive Child Guarantee

Paving the way for a disability-inclusive Child Guarantee

The European Child Guarantee, established through a Council Recommendation on the 14th of June 2021, is a key step in achieving the European Pillar of Social Rights target to reduce the number of children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Two years after the historical adoption of this Recommendation and the promise of all EU Member States to act to lift children and their families out of poverty, COFACE Families Europe assessed the plans submitted by April 2023 from the perspective of children with disabilities and their families who experience specific barriers when accessing key services and have a more significant risk of poverty and social exclusion.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2021 – Sustainable solutions to help families and the economy bounce back

ANNUAL REPORT 2021 – Sustainable solutions to help families and the economy bounce back

2021 was not an easy year for families, the pandemic was a harsh reality for civil society and for families all over Europe. At COFACE, riven by our 2030 Child compass and our new strategic framework we defined our focus to support families to bounce back from the Covid-19 crisis.

We harnessed the full potential of technologies and developed our European Family Lab further as a strong and innovative tool to reach out to families and build bridges between family professionals.

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