Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

FAFCE Presidency Message for the European Elections Stronger Families for Flourishing Societies: Vote for the Family!


FAFCE Presidency Message
Paris - Bucharest - Rome, 25 May 2019
Dear FAFCE Friends,

The EU elections have already started in some Countries and will take place tomorrow in all the others. As the Board of our Federation already did last week from Malta with the resolution on Rebuilding Europe starting from the family, we wish to repeat our encouragement to go to vote and to support friends and relatives to vote according to their well-formed conscience. The list of the candidates who signed the FAFCE manifesto has been permanently updated on the voteforfamily2019.eu website.

In fact, manifestos are not enough. We need to exercise our responsibility to vote, informing ourselves about the real commitment of candidates and political parties. We heard a lot of talks during this campaign about the future of Europe, but very few saying that the future of Europe depends on the family, and that there is no future without families!

On our side, we can guarantee that we will continue to work in favour of the promotion of the family, bringing the concrete problems of our society on the table of discussions with the European Institutions. Moreover, we will support and monitor the activity of the elected members of the European Parliament, especially those who signed our manifesto.

Thank you for your support and attention,

Antoine Renard, President

Cornel Barbut, Vice-President

Vincenzo Bassi, Vice-President

Press Release | European Elections: FAFCE launches its Manifesto for a European Natality Pact


Press Release | European Elections: FAFCE launches its Manifesto for a European Natality Pact 



Brussels, 25 February 2019

Today FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, and its Members launch its EU wide campaign ahead of the European Elections (23-26 May 2019).

The campaign Vote for Family 2019 will be run in EU Members States and is the fruit of the joint work of all FAFCE Members, 26 Family Associations from 16 EU Member States. The Manifesto which is presented today reflects the major concerns of European families – states Vincenzo Bassi (Forum delle Famiglie, Italy), Vice-President of FAFCE – Based on these concerns, we propose to all the candidates, from all political parties, food for thought to consider more family-responsive policies within the framework of the EU competences: our Continent is getting older and older, we need to respond to the demographic challenge with an European pact for natality”.

Candidates will be invited to sign the Vote for Family Manifesto and their names will be published on 15 May, the International Day of the Family, when the Board Members of FAFCE will be gathered in Malta for their bi-annual Meeting. Every family in Europe is invited to take part in this campaign. Either directly, by using the campaign tools and taking an active part in the campaign, or indirectly through family associations and organizations, contacting the candidates in their constituency and asking them to sign the manifesto. Antoine Renard, FAFCE President, declares: “This is a campaign for all. And this is exactly in the spirit of our mission at the European level: FAFCE and its Members offer this campaign as a tool to raise awareness about the concrete needs of the families in our continent, which need a real demographic Spring”.

The Manifesto includes 10 points and touches all the areas of major concern for family associations in Europe during the last years. Like in 2014 and in the ongoing legislative period, after the elections elected candidates who signed the manifesto will be contacted, both at the national and European level, to support their commitments to family friendly policies and offer concrete proposals on what they can do as Members of the European Parliament. 

The campaign will be presented by the FAFCE Members in their Countries and can be followed online on the dedicated website and on FAFCE social media. On the 2nd of April a press conference will take place in Brussels on the state of progress of the Vote For Family 2019 Campaign.  

Nicola Speranza, Secretary General
+32 498 46 02 20
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New EU Regulation on Data Protection

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a protection of all european citizens’ personal data.

Facing the massive development of data - big data -, the European Union decided to specify the modalities of data protection. In view of limiting the risk of flaws from one country to the other, the GDPR will be deployed at European level.

This text entered into force on the 25th of May and represents a real change in the treatment of data of 500 million inhabitants of the European Union. It brings numerous options to the users for better managing personal data.

Read more: New EU Regulation on Data Protection

A question of time - volunteering, social and civic engagement in a connected society

Brussels, 22 February 2018 

The European Sunday Alliance organised in the European Parliament a breakfast meeting on the role of common free time for civic engagement and volunteering. The event, hosted by the MEPs Evelyn Regner (S&D) and Thomas Mann (EPP), highlighted the challenge of reconciling social commitment with increasingly flexibilised working schedules.

Read more: A question of time - volunteering, social and civic engagement in a connected society

Press release | Audiovisual Media Services Revision adopted in the Committee: need for a stronger action against pornography

Brussels, 27 April 2017

FAFCE expresses its deep concern regarding the vote that took place this week, on 25 April, in the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) of the European Parliament on the review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. More than 1300 amendments had been tabled to the Commission's proposal published in May last year and followed by long negotiations , evidence of the importance of this directive from several perspectives. 

Focusing on the aspect of the protection of minors, FAFCE welcomes some steps forward with respect to the proposal of the European Commission: basic principles for the protection of minors from harmful contents are now extended to all audiovisual media services, including user-generated online video on video-sharing platforms. 

Nevertheless FAFCE underlines that the current proposal of the European Parliament is not courageous enough. With regard to the directive currently in force the standards of protection of minors, even if these are extended in to video-sharing platforms, remain weakened - as in the Commission's proposal. Thus, the CULT Committee proposal does not reinstates limitations over pornographic and harmful content, as proposed by Amendment 81 of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Rapporteur Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE) declared: "One of our main priorities is the protection of minors. We proposed adapting some of the rules applying to programmes on television to internet services, such as rules on advertising, product placement and sponsorship". FAFCE stresses the fact that the dangers for minors are not only on advertising and that for example pornography is widespread on free-access video-sharing platforms without any control.

Antoine Renard, FAFCE's President, notes that "If the protection of minors was really a priority for the Rapporteurs, we would not face this situation where the focus of many debates is on quotas and commercial issues, rather than on concrete instruments to empower parents to protect children. The result is a downward compromise which gives the impression that MEPs are subject to the pressure of well financed lobby groups: if the words show an interest for the common good, the reality of this text shows the contrary". 

MEPs are now called to decide in the Plenary Sitting of 15 May in Strasbourg whether to open inter-institutional talks, for the final approval of the legislation.

Together with other National and International NGOs, FAFCE launched a joint letter calling "the European Parliament to stand with us and reinforce the provisions limiting pornography and gratuitous violence, by reinstating the ban of pornography and gratuitous violence from TVs and enlarging it to other audio-visual media services". The letter can be found here (French and German versions are also available).


Maria Hildingsson
+32 4 70 20 39 18 
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