FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Popular Expression vs. Political Power in the EU - is 1.8 Million EU Citizens enough to convince the European Commission to implement the ruling of the European Court of Justice?

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Strasbourg, 14 April 2014

As the last plenary session of the European Parliament before the European elections is about to begin, some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are voicing concern that EU citizens are not agreeing with the agenda set by the European institutions in the areas of research and development aid.

Last Thursday the public hearing of the European Citizens Intiative One of Us took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. In a fully packed room over 400 people the biggest petition ever in the history of the European Union was presented, voicing the request of over 1.8 Million EU citizens to end the EU funding of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, i.e. research and development aid.

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"VOTE FOR FAMILY 2014" - FAFCE launches pledge campaign for Family friendly policies ahead of the EU Elections!

Brussels, 26 April 2014

Today FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, and its Members launch an EU wide campaign calling for family friendly EU policies ahead of the European Elections. The campaign Vote for Family 2014 will be run in all EU Members States, and aims at encouraging candidates for the European Elections to promote family friendly policies if elected. Candidates will be invited to sign the Vote for Family Manifesto and their names will be published on 15 May, the International Day of the Family.

A website dedicated to the campaign is launched today: www.voteforfamily2014.eu. It presents FAFCE’s Elections manifesto in all EU languages.

A video presents the campaign in a nutshell.

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The resolution adopted by the European Parliament replacing the proposal of the Estrela Report

On 10 December 2013 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights". This text is the alternative resolution that substitutes the proposal of the portugese MEPEdite EStrela. The resolution was adopted by 334 votes in favour, 327 against and 35 absentions.

In the resolution the European Parliament defines the exclusive competence of the Member States in this area, as was also underlined in the press release of the European Parliament following the vote: "MEPs say sexual and reproductive health and rights are matter for member states".

Read more: The resolution adopted by the European Parliament replacing the proposal of the Estrela Report

The Estrela Report is back on the table - European parents expect the EP to act democratically

On 22 October a European Parliament report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” (SRHR) was referred back to the Committee on Womens’ Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). It is indeed an exception for an initiative report, i.e. a report initiated by the Parliament itself, to be referred back to the competent committee as was the case with the report presented by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela. Exceptional was also the number of amendments tabled for this report in the plenary vote. These facts point to the clear divide on the contents of the report within the EP, and the extremely vivid debate at the moment of the vote on 22nd October also illustrated that the issue of "SRHR", that is subject to subsidiarity, is an explicit overstepping of the mandate of the EU in this case represented by the democratically elected MEP.

Read more: The Estrela Report is back on the table - European parents expect the EP to act democratically

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