Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

FAFCE Board Resolution for a Demographic Spring

Vienna, 13 April 2018

The Board of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), gathered this week in Vienna for its Spring Meeting, issued the following Resolution.


The Demographic Winter is a silent emergency which concerns all European Countries. For this reason, gathered in Vienna for our 2018 Spring Board Meeting, we, Presidents and Delegates of the Board of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) wish to draw attention to this situation, which is at the core of financial and social problems which need to be addressed. There is no time to wait. There is no excuse to make anymore. We need to act, for the wellbeing of aged people, for the rights of our youth, for the future of our children.

- Recalling its 20th Anniversary Declaration - Families' are Europe's Treasure and building block for the future (Rome, 31 May 2017), calling on the Governments of the European States to create and promote family policies at the national level and promote family friendly EU policies, whilst respecting the principle of subsidiarity;

- Considering the European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2017 on European standards for the 21st century (2016/2274(INI)) stressing the need to take into account the demographic ageing of Europe;

- Considering the Demographic outlook for the European Union (December 2017) which acknowledges that Europe is ageing dramatically;

- Considering the Policy Paper published by the Schuman Foundation on Europe 2050: the demographic suicide (27 February 2018);

FAFCE calls on the leaders of the European Union and its Member States to:

1. Raise awareness about the demographic winter and the urgency of acting in this field with international initiatives;

2. Implement a policy that recognizes the unique, fundamental and irreplaceable position of the family in society and considers it as the first “enterprise”, by which the desire of life for our continent is expressed not only through economic initiatives but especially by the raising of children as “The entrepreneurial spirit remains closely linked to the family spirit” (Cf. Europe 2050: the demographic suicide, p. 6);

3. Consider that a true family policy is not just a mere social support, but represents a forward-looking policy for the common good for an ageing society;

4. Actively support the demands of young people, who plan to take responsibility and build a family, with several children, but are often discouraged by inadequate and individualistic policies and cultures which are hostile to the family;

5. Support advanced palliative care and home care health policies, protecting the dignity of every person until natural death;

6. Put the family at the center of national policies, so that the demographic winter could become a demographic spring to shape the future of Europe.

  Vienna, 12 April 2018 

Call for applications: 2018 FAFCE internship programme

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We issued today a call for applications for an internship programme for one recent graduate student. He or she will have an interesting working experience at the FAFCE Office in Brussels.

All the details may be found in the attachment below.

Please, send a cover letter, a reference letter and a CV to apply. 

Applications Deadline: 31st of March 2018


Contact person:

Nicola Speranza, Secretary General

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Mob: +32 498 46 02 20

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FAFCE 20th Anniversary Declaration - Families’ are Europe’s Treasure and building block for the future

logo 3LanguagesRome, 31 May 2017 

60 years after the Treaty of Rome, followed by the longest period of peace in Europe, the challenges for peace and civilization in the world are still critical concerns. 

Considering that family is an indispensable peace factor, and plays a unique role in the protection of fundamental freedoms;

Considering the role of the family for the culture of dialogue, mutual respect and forgiveness;

Considering the crucial and primary role of parents, mother and father, for the education of their children, and the specific character respectively of motherhood and fatherhood;

Considering the role of grandparents for transmission of values and culture;

Considering that family is the best place where solidarity and financial transfer between generations can be spontaneously operative;

Considering the current demographic situation in Europe with an ageing population, falling birth rates in a majority of countries, and declining fertility, that illustrates the lack of confidence in the future and generates frustration and disappointment;

Considering the crucial role carried out by the family and its saving capacity in terms of economic growth, development as well as of production of human capital. 

Recalling that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State (article 16.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights);

Recalling that the family as a fundamental unit of society has the right to appropriate social, legal and economic protection to ensure its full development. (recital 16 of the European Social Rights Charter - ESRC);

Recalling that all persons with family responsibilities and who are engaged or wish to engage in employment have a right to do so without being subject to discrimination and as far as possible without conflict between their employment and family responsibilities (recital 27 ESRC). This requires in particular to develop sustainable trade agreements at the global level which are beneficial for families, including in emerging countries;

Recalling that employed women, in case of maternity, have the right to a special protection (Recital 8 ESRC).

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Call to MEPs to Protect Children from Harmful Audiovisual Contents - Prevent Child Exposure to Pornography and Violence

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The European Parliament is about to adopt its report on the revision of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which regulates TVs, On-Demand services (e.g. Netflix) and video-sharing platforms (e.g. Youtube).

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"Exposure of Children to Pornography in the EU"

Brussels, European Parliament, Room A5E-3
8 February 2017, 15:00 - 17:00

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2017 02 08 poster final pornography1 002PROGRAMME

15.00 - 15.15
Welcome address by
Mrs Anna Záborská MEP, Chair of the Family Friendly Policy Intergroup

15.15 - 16.00
Panel and open debate on
The dangerous effects of pornography for minors

chaired by Mrs Anna Záborská, MEP, Chair of the Family Friendly Policy Intergroup
Mrs Heidi Als Ringheim, Porn & Society, Denmark
Dr Emiliano Lambiase, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Italy

16.00 - 16.45
Panel and open debate on 
Protecting minors from pornography

chaired by Mr Luigi Morgano, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Family Friendly Policy Intergroup
Mr Francesco Di Lillo, EU Head of Office, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mrs Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General, European Federation of Catholic Family Associations 

16.45 - 17.00

Languages: English, French and Italian

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