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Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

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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EU Consultation on Balance between Family Life and Work: have your say !

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The European Commission has launched a public consultation on “Possible action addressing the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers”. The aim is to gather views on the development and implementation of a range of possible tools at the EU-level to support work-life balance.

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