The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.
“… Member States will need to get their financial incentives right. But they will also need to do much more to allow for the reconciliation of work and family life. Creating and developing child care is key in this respect. Similar to the campaign for active ageing in 2012, it would be welcome to dedicate the same attention to the reconciliation of family and professional life”.
László Andor, European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Demographic Forum, May 6th and 7th, 2013.
After this statement, is the European Commission going to finally declare 2014 as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life? Why not today, on the occasion of the International Day of Families?
COFACE’s Director Agnes Uhereczky was the Rapporteur of the Workshop Improving the Work-Life Balance at this Forum.
To mark this special Day, COFACE is organising a book launch event from 16:30 to 18:30 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The book, “Fertility rates and population decline: No time for children?” includes the latest research from leading international demographers.
We hope to see you there!