Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Work-free Sunday in Europe: Which way forward?

Yesterday in Brussels FAFCE took part in the European Sunday Alliance’s 2019 networking event entitled ‘Work-free Sunday and decent working hours in Europe: Which way forward?’.

The event was specifically tailored towards the members and supporters of the European Sunday Alliance in the Member States, aiming at an exchange on promotion of decent working hours. Good practices of the Sunday alliance campaigns across Europe will be presented, as well as initiatives taken by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Taking place 3 months ahead of the EU elections in May 2019, the event aimed to engage and raise awareness among key MEPs and candidates on the important issue of work-free Sundays and decent working hours.

During the meeting in the European Parliament, a special focus was devoted to the experiences and the ongoing work of the Austrian and the Croatian national Sunday Alliances. The recent new Polish legislation was also mentioned: since the 11th of March 2018 commercial activities are limited on Sunday in the Country. Polish workers and their families positively appreciate the law, raising the level of work-family life balance.

The European Sunday Alliance gathers different types of civil society organisations, trade unions and churches aiming at raising awareness of the unique value of synchronised free time for our European societies.

The President of FAFCE, Antoine Renard, declares: “FAFCE has always been a strong supporter of the European Sunday Alliance, since the very beginning. Families need work, roof and time. And time means at least one common full day of rest per week and that day in the European culture is Sunday”.

The protection of Sunday as a common day of rest for all Europeans is motivated by issues related to the effect on health and safety and work-life balance, as well as issues of a social, religious and educational nature. Family associations feel directly concerned. For that reason, the Vote for Family Manifesto, which FAFCE will publish next week in view of the upcoming European Elections, will ask to the candidates to commit themselves in favour of Sunday, as a common weekly day of rest, for stronger families and a more flourishing society.

Press release | 3 March: European Day for a Work-Free Sunday

Brussels, 2 March 2017

esa logoTomorrow is the European Day for a Work-Free Sunday and the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE), in the framework of the European Sunday Alliance, wishes to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the Sunday as a Common day of rest for all EU Member States. FAFCE's President, Antoine Renard, stresses that "Europe should not forget the Sunday. European institutions and Member States should promote a work-free Sunday and give it its right place in the legislation".

Read more: Press release | 3 March: European Day for a Work-Free Sunday

Women, Work and Maternity

A hearing on “Women in the Public Space” took place at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

On Monday, 23 January 2017, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) organised a hearing on “The women in the public space”. The guest speakers were Paolo Profeta, professor of public finance at the University of Milan, and Lella Golfo, president of the Foundation Bellisario de Rome, by videoconference.

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Sunday rest protected by Greek Council of State

2017 01 23 Council of State GreeceIn 2014 the Greek government passed a law allowing shops in three regions to open on Sundays. Trade associations and unions raised a case about its constitutionality and the law has been suspended since then. Now the Council of State has ruled it unconstitutional to open shops on Sundays.

Read more: Sunday rest protected by Greek Council of State

Press Release | Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in a time of digitalisation

esa logoOn 15th November 2016 the European Sunday Alliance organized its third European conference this time on “Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in a time of digitalisation” at the European Economic and Social Committee. During the day over 100 participants discussed how digitalisation will impact all aspects of our lives and how a healthy work-life-balance can be secured.

Read more: Press Release | Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in a time of digitalisation

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