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Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Press release | Double Breach of Subsidiarity Ahead? 2 EU Parliament reports overstep EU competence

EU

Brussels, 2 March 2015

In a week the European Parliament will gather in Strasbourg for its March Plenary Session. On the agenda there are two reports that address issues of concern to all, namely Human Rights and Equality. However, there are also concerns expressed by over 60 000 citizens regarding the contents of these reports as they overstep EU competence and interfere in very sensitive matters related to Human Dignity.

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Press release | Over 40 000 citizens say "Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela!" and call for no EU support to abortion

Brussels, 19 January 2015

In four days over 40 000 citizens signed the Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela! petition calling on the European Parliament to not adopt any provision in favour of EU support for abortion, an issue on which there is no EU competence (more about the petition here).

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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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