FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

European Parliament Calls for Automatic Recognition of Adoptions between EU Member States

On 2 February, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Cross-border Aspects of Adoptions, regarding the mutual recognition of domestic adoptions between EU Member States.

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FAFCE Contribution towards a European Pillar of Social Rights

2017 01 23 EPSRIn 2015, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced the intention to launch an initiative to reinforce social rights in the European Union, also with a view to adapt them to changing labour market realities.

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New President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed FAFCE Manifesto for Family

2017 01 18 TajaniOn Tuesday, 17 January 2017, the European Parliament elected Antonio Tajani, from the EPP group, as President for the next 2.5 years. During the election campaign for the European Parliament in 2014, Italian Member of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed the Manifesto for comprehensive and effective European policies in favour of the Family, Europe’s Treasure!, an initiative launched by FAFCE and signed by 289 candidates to the European Parliament, committing himself to take into account the needs of families when making political decisions.

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Open Letter on the Maltese Draft Equality Bill

logo fafce2logo canaOpen Letter to

 

Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumers Affairs and Civil Liberties

Mr Simon Busuttil, Leader of the Opposition

 

Brussels - Valletta, 22 December 2016

 

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Press Release | Audiovisual Media Services in the EU: which protection for children?

European Parliament IMCO Committee votes for maintaining existing prohibition of TVs broadcasting pornography or gratuitous violence                

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Brussels, 8 December 2016

 

On Monday, 5 December, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) voted an opinion regarding the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive which recommends that the existing prohibition of TVs broadcasting pornography or gratuitous violence is maintained.
 
FAFCE President, Antoine Renard, welcomes this outcome, affirming that “The European Union should not weaken its standards on the protection of minors: on the contrary, the revision of this Directive can be the occasion to strengthen these standards, recognising the negative effects of harmful contents on children, families and society”.
 
In May 2016, the European Commission issued a proposal (
COM(2016) 287) amending the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EU), with the aim of adapting it to the new realities of this fast-evolving market.
 
The Directive currently in place explicitly forbids that television broadcasts include programmes involving pornography or gratuitous violence, in order to protect minors from these harmful contents (article 27). However, the Commission proposal removed this article, weakening the protection of minors. According to this proposal, TVs could broadcast gratuitous violence and pornography, as long as these are subject to measures such as “encryption and effective parental controls”.
 
FAFCE is concerned that the protection of minors from harmful content is being weakened under the current revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and firmly believes that the existing standards in this regard should be maintained and further extended to encompass also On-demand services. As children are nowadays very comfortable using technologies and considering the multiple platforms through which it is possible to access audiovisual contents at any time and place, the best way to protect them from pornography and gratuitous violence is prohibiting audiovisual media service providers from offering such contents, as it currently happens for TV broadcasters.
 
The European Parliament is preparing its proposal to amend the Directive, under the responsibility of the Culture and Education Committee (CULT), and various Committees are issuing opinions to inform the final report of the CULT Committee, which will be voted on 28 February 2017. Many Members of the European Parliament, from different political Groups, are aware of the challenges of this procedure and are already working for a better child protection.
 
FAFCE welcomes the recent vote in the IMCO Committee and hopes that the CULT Committee will go forward in this direction. Antoine Renard says that “We are convinced that it is still possible to go further and extend this recommendation to on-demand services, so that these are also impeded of providing contents that include pornography or gratuitous violence”.

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