FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

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".

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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.

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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.

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Anytime, anywhere – resolution for a better work-life-balance and synchronized free time in the age of digitalization

esa logoDigitalization has changed and will continue to influence all aspects of our lives, foremost our working habits. Digitalization creates mobile workers, home offices, flexible working hours, a free choice of a working place and access to e-mails and data from everywhere and at any given time. At the same time, ensuring a good work-life balance becomes increasingly important to employees as well as for the self-employed. The opportunities created by digitalization to re-organize and facilitate daily tasks and procedures and to be independent from compulsory attendance at physical places and at specified times can help to better arrange time to be spent with family and friends. Digitalization holds opportunities but also risks for EU citizens, like increased pressure to perform and to be available, and prolonged and unsocial working hours such as night- and weekend work. In addition, further individualization of working hours reduces synchronized free time such as a work-free weekend and Sundays in particular, which is of paramount importance for citizens, their families and their participation and engagement in society.

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