Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Breakfast Meeting | SMEs and Family Welfare: a challenge for the future of Europe




SMEs and Family Welfare: a challenge for the future of Europe

Salon ASP 0G, European Parliament, Brussels
Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:00 – 9:30

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8.00 - 8.10
Opening address:

Karlo Ressler, MEP (EPP, Croatia)

8.10 - 8.20
Introductory remarks:

Vincenzo Bassi, FAFCE President

8.20 - 8.30
Key-note speech:

Paul Dembinski, University of Freiburg

8.30 – 9.20
Exchange of views with the participation of:

Clotilde Armand, MEP (RE, Romania)
Helmut Geuking, MEP (ECR, Germany)
Patrizia Toia, MEP (S&D, Italy)

Anna Nagy, President, Single Parents' Families Foundation (Hungary)

Deša Srsen, Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Dubravka Šuica (European Commission)

9.20 – 9.30
Final remarks

Johannes de Jong, Sallux Director

Language: English


According to a white paper prepared by a joint group of researchers, with the support of the SALLUX Foundation, “Short-terminism is destroying values in our economy (Martin, 2015) and is undermining efforts to implement sustainable development policies (Lehner et al. 2016). Families have always trained their members to reach out for the long-term perspective, to think about in terms of generations cycles and to foresee beyond one’s own life horizon. On the other hand, there exists evidence that family troubles and brake-downs predict both higher risk taking and higher future time discounting (Hill et al 2008) in children”.

This breakfast meeting is built on these foundations, from the specific perspective of SMEs and with a focus on corporate welfare services, which can be considered as a new form of compensation, convenient for enterprises, for employees and for the society at large.

Nevertheless, these services are often unaffordable for SMEs and represent a real burden on a short-term economic perspective. Here is where public policies and the sharing of best practices at the EU level can offer solutions: in the midst of a concerning demographic change, this exchange becomes fundamental for the future of our Continent. One month after the official start of the new European Commission, this is an excellent occasion to speak with clarity about these concrete challenges.  


FAFCE - Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Founded in 1997 the FAFCE represents family organisations from 16 European Countries, holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the EU Fundamental Rights Platform. 


Sallux wants to build bridges between the opposites and to find common ground as we need a relational approach to life, economy and society. Sallux presents solutions and will not stay on the safe side of the status quo, by organising events and distribute relevant publications. Since 2011, the activities of Sallux have been financially supported by the European Parliament. The liability for any communication or publication by Sallux, in any form and any medium, rests with Sallux. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Press Briefing | European Elections: the urgency of a Natality Pact



Press Briefing

Brussels, Square de Meeûs 19, premises of COMECE (ground floor)

2nd of April 2019

14.00 - 15.00 hrs 

Welcome address:

Fr. Olivier Poquillon, OP, General Secretary of COMECE


Antoine Renard, FAFCE President

Vincenzo Bassi, FAFCE Vice-President

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This Press Briefing is intended to explain the current status and the objectives of the ongoing #VoteForFamily Campaign for the European Elections (23-26 May 2019). A Manifesto is being proposed to all the candidates by FAFCE Members in EU Member States. The Manifesto and further information on the campaign are available online at this link

Below you will find the biographies of the speakers


Nicola Speranza, Secretary General

Square de Meeûs, 19

1050 Brussels (BELGIUM)
+32 498 46 02 20
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Short Biographies: 

Antoine Renard
Married and father of three, Antoine Renard has spent his professional career in the mining and railway construction industries. He has held several management positions in SMEs and in international context. He has acquired many associative experiences in the field of youth and family, as well as in NGOs with the European Institutions. He is currently a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) of the French Republic. He was President of the National Confederation of Catholic Family Associations (CNAFC) from 2007 to 2014 and since 2009 he is the President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE).

Vincenzo Bassi

Married and father of three, Vincenzo Bassi is a lawyer, barrister at the Italian Supreme Court, PhD in Constitutional Law and European Constitutional Law, Adjunct professor in tax law at the LUMSA, in Rome. Board Member of the Italian Forum of Family Associations, he has recently been elected as Vice-President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE). 


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | 2019 FAFCE Internship program


2019 FAFCE Internship program

Founded in 1997, the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe
has a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the
Platform for Fundamental Rights of the European Union. It represents
family associations and organizations from 16 European Countries.

EXTENDED application deadline: the 6th of January 2019

Profile of the post:

The intern will support the Secretary General in legislative monitoring and office management; attending and reporting from meetings; researching for the preparation of meetings, background notes and drafts. A financial contribution will be provided.

6 months: February - July 2019.

Academic requirements:

Recent university degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Public Affairs,
Law or Economics.

Language requirements:

Fluent English and at least another EU language (good command of both the spoken and written components – CEFR Level: C1 – Advanced). German and/or French are an asset.

Personal Commitment:

The successful candidate will share the core values of FAFCE, which are rooted in the
social and moral teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.

A letter of reference is required, which will confirm the adherence to the aforementioned values.

Place of employment:

Brussels, Belgium (FAFCE Office). On occasional basis, travels to Strasbourg or another European city may be requested.

Contact person:

Nicola Speranza (Mr.), Secretary General (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Applications (CV, Motivation Letter and Reference Letter) should be addressed to:

Antoine Renard (Mr.), President (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Press Release | FAFCE Board gathered in Brussels to promote the Family, ecosystem for cultural life

Brussels, 12 November 2018


The Members of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) gathered last week in Brussels, on 6 and 7 November, for their biannual board meeting. In this framework, a high-level conference took place in the European Parliament, hosted by MEPs Anna Záborská (EPP, Slovakia) and Luigi Morgano (S&D, Italy), in cooperation with the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), on the occasion of the European Year for Cultural Heritage, focused on the Family: The Ecosystem of Cultural Life in Europe. This conference took place under the high patronages of the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

The President of the EESC, Luca Jahier, gave an opening speech, stating that "the family is an important cradle for promoting culture. Being aware of it will ensure that the positive elements of our European cultural heritage are transmitted by parents to their children". The President of COMECE, Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, intervened bringing his recent experience from the Synod on Young People (Vatican City, 3-28 October 2018), referring to the the dreams of young people to form a family and their fears about all the challenges they have to face. The Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Gabriella Gambino, brought a message from the Prefect, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, and had an inspiring intervention on the Family, as Place of Cultural Transmission. "One of the biggest challenges we face today," she said, "is precisely that of explaining to our children that a family based on a faithful and indissoluble marriage is really our only chance to build a society founded on truth and the common good". Franco Nembrini, author and educator, gave his personal and rich experience of his contacts with young people, underlining the treasure of the common European Christian heritage in building the future. Fr. Olivier Poquillon, OP, COMECE Secretary General, contributed with his final remarks underling his hope that the family could be at the heart of the debates so that the human person can be at the heart of our societies. The Vice-President of FAFCE, Algirdas Petronis, referred to the commitment of Catholic Family Associations for promoting the primary role of parents as the first educators of their children and for asking family friendly policies all over Europe. In this framework he announced the launch of an European Manifesto which will be proposed to all the candidates to the next European Elections (23-26 May 2019). Antoine Renard, President of FAFCE, closed the conference, underling that Europe needs trust, starting to promote a new cultural life from the most basic unit of society: "Politicians need to trust families and the families will trust them". 

The Board meeting of FAFCE followed that inspiring conference, to discuss about the strategy and the future actions of the Federation.

For the first time a member from Slovenia participated in the Board : the Iskreni Institute. The Italian Federation of Kindergardens (Federazione Italiana delle Scuole Materne - FISM) was accepted as a full member of FAFCE. Invited guests also attended this Board meeting from Latvia, The Netherlands and Ukraine.

The FAFCE Board elected the new Bureau for the upcoming three years:

- Antoine Renard (Confédération nationale des Associations familiales catholiques - CNAFC, France) was confirmed as President.

Cornel Barbut (Vladimir Ghika Catholic Family Association, Romania) and Vincenzo Bassi (Forum delle Associazioni familiari, Italy) were elected as Vice-Presidents.

Alfred Trendl (Katholischer Familienverband Österreich - KFÖ, Austria), was elected as Treasurer.

FAFCE will now focus on the upcoming European elections, asking the candidates to commit themselves to put the dignity of the family at the centre of European public policies.


HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE | The Family: ecosystem for cultural life in Europe





The Family: ecosystem for cultural life in Europe

Room A3E-2

European Parliament

Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

9h00 - 11h00

Hosted by 

MEP Anna ZABORSKA, EPP, Slovakia, Chair of the Family Intergroup

MEP Luigi MORGANO, S&D, Italy, CULT Committee Member


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9:00 – 9:10

Welcoming addresses
Anna Záborská, MEP, EPP, Slovakia, Chair of the Intergroup for Family-friendly policies
Luigi Morgano, MEP, S&D, Italy, Member of the CULT Committee

9:10 – 9:40

Opening addresses
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of COMECE
Antoine Renard, President of FAFCE

9:40 – 10:00

The Family as Place of Cultural Transmission
Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

10:00 - 10:20
The Parents and the Responsibility of Transmission
Franco Nembrini, Author and educator

10:20 – 10:45
Exchange of views

10:45 – 11:00
Final remarks
Fr. Olivier Poquillon, OP, COMECE Secretary General

Algirdas Petronis, Vice-President of FAFCE


Languages: English, French and Italian


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