FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Stand up for a Free Sunday ! Take part in the online public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive. A public Consultation is an instrument used by the European Commission to gather insights and contributions from all citizens in the context of a review, an impact assessment process or a new initiative, often concerning a legislative act of the European Union.

In light of the above, it is easy to understand why it is important to take part in such consultations that are capable of influencing the whole legislative process at its earliest phase. This is the case of the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) that the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker intends to review during its mandate. Among the rights that this Directive guarantees to all workers within the European Union there are for example a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours in every 24 hours, the fact that average working hours must not exceed 8 hours per 24-hour period and extra protection for night work.

In the context of this review, intended to update and reform the whole Directive, there is a possibility to promote Sunday as a common rest day for the EU. FAFCE, a member of the European Sunday Alliance, is actively involved in this process and will participate in the consultation.

FAFCE also encourages families and NGOs across the EU to have their say! The consultation will run until 15 March 2015 and everybody can take part in it through this online questionnaire.

The address of Pope Francis to Europe

Strasbourg, 25 November 2014, Address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament

Strasbourg, 25 November 2014, Address of Pope Francis to the Council of Europe

The Pope spoke to Europe in Strasbourg, but what is the difference between the European Parliament and the Council of Europe?

On 25 November 2014, Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, gathered for this occasion in a formal session, then he went to the Council of Europe. For the first non-European Pope of the modern age, it is the 5th trip outside the Italian Peninsula and the 2nd in Europe, after his visit to Albania on the 21st of September 2014.

Pope Francis had been invited by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, during his visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013.

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Press release | The human: the most notable absentee of the 2015 European Commission Work Programme

Brussels, 17 December 2014 

Map of Europe with Human Factor

Yesterday 16 December the European Commission presented its 2015 Work Programme to the European Parliament. With this document, the College sets out its plans for the 12 months ahead, making new proposals and proposing to withdraw or amend 80 proposals put on the table by the past Commissions in the previous years.

Among the new proposals, we chiefly point out the Mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Communication on the post-2015 post development Goals. Through these two initiatives, the European Commission would like to give a new boost for jobs, growth and investment, making the European Union a stronger global actor.

 

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Over 100 organisations call on the European Commission to withdraw the 5th Equal Treatment Directive Proposal

Brussels, 3 December 2014

On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability (3 December), FAFCE together with more than 100 organisations representing several million citizens in EU Member States are calling upon the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to withdraw the proposal for a fifth Equal Treatment Directive. Originally intended to remedy specific discrimination against disabled people, it has since become an instrument to advance many other wide-ranging political objectives. The signatories of the open letter are worried that the proposed Directive, if adopted, would limit the fundamental civil rights of all European citizens in a grave and harmful way – particularly the freedom to carry out diverse and targeted professional, economic and service activities without being afraid of being accused of discrimination. 

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