Press release | "Europe Day" - Don't forget the family, Europe's treasure!

Brussels, 9 May 2014

Today the European Institutions celebrate what is commonly known as "Europe Day" in Brussels. Two weeks ahead of the European elections, the commemoration of the "Schuman declaration" by one of the founding fathers of the EU provides a reminder of what peace really brought to our European continent: soon 7 decades of peace among the EU Member States. An achievement for which the EU was granted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

On 9 May 1950 Robert Schuman said: "Europe will not be made in one go, nor through a comprehensive construction, it will be built by concrete realisations that will first create real solidarity."

The very first place where solidarity is taught, experienced and learnt is within the family. This is one of the reasons why the family is Europe's treasure!

This treasure is cherished but sometimes neglected, despite the fact that it is also the future of our continent.
Young people across the world aspire for family life: a global survey published in May 2013 shows that what young people desire most is a family and relations that last a life time. What do these young people consider most worthy of respect? Those adults who have been good parents and who kept their family together!

The EU institutions are searching for solutions to the economic, financial and demographic crisis in Europe. The family is a comprehensive solution, provided it is protected and supported by Society!

FAFCE calls on candidates for the European elections to commit themselves to family friendly policies if elected via its campaign Vote for Family 2014.

Recalling fundamental rights and needs of the family, the Vote for Family 2014 Manifesto is available in all following languages:

Манифест – за цялостна и резултатна политика за семейството, богатството на Европа! 

Prohlášení o komplexní a efektivní evropské politice prospěšné rodině, která je pokladem Evropy 

Javni proglas za sveobuhvatne i učinkovite europske politike u korist obitelji, blaga Europe! 

Manifesto for comprehensive and effective European policies in favour of the Family, Europe’s Treasure!

Manifesti kokonaisvaltaiselle ja tehokaalle EU:n perhepolitiikalle, perhe on Euroopan aarre! 

Manifeste pour une politique européenne globale et efficace en faveur de la famille, Trésor de l'Europe! 

Forógra i gcomhair polasaithe cuimsitheacha éifeachtacha Eorpacha ar son an Teaghlaigh, Taisce na hEorpa!  

Manifest für eine umfassende und effektive EU-Familienpolitik, Familien sind der Schatz Europas!

Manifesto per una politica europea organica ed efficace per la famiglia, Tesoro dell’Europa! 

2014 m. rinkimai į Europos Parlamentą Visapusiškos ir veiksmingos Europos šeimos politikos 
MANIFESTAS Šeima–Europos turtas 

Manifest na rzecz całościowej i skutecznej polityki dla rodziny, stanowiącej bogactwo Europy

Manifesto por uma política europeia global e eficaz em favor da família, Tesouro da Europa !

Manifest pentru politici europene efective şi comprehensive în favoarea Familiei, Tezaurul Europei!

Manifest za komplexnú a efektívnu európsku politiku v prospech rodiny, pokladu Európy! 

Manifiesto en favor de políticas europeas integrales y eficaces que beneficien a la familia, ¡el tesoro de Europa!  

FAFCE calls on candidates to bring hope and confidence to our continent so that our young people may look towards the future being proud of the older generations who laid the foundations for their lives.

May the European elections contribute to the pursuit of peace and justice, building on the foundation of Society, the Family!