COFACE started actively lobbying for a European Year in 2011, and this advocacy campaign was streamlined early 2012 to what it is today, a growing Alliance of organisations, policy makers and individuals, who engage in the common objective, to have 2014 designated as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life.
Today, all families living in Europe have to cope with the increasing conflict between their family and work life. The year would offer an opportunity to focus on how the labour market is organised, what practices and policies exist and which work in enabling a good work life balance, productivity, job security and a decent quality of life. We would be looking at the trends and the demographic challenge for Europe, looking for viable solutions with a broad, multidisciplinary stakeholder base.
COFACE led the campaign on many fronts. We gathered a significant group of civil society organisations and institutions in forming the 2014 European Year Alliance.
We have started the reflection about the actual activities of the year, which will also be carried over and gain importance in the following months in 2013. Here are some of the issues we would like to focus on:
Triggering discussion and debate about existing legislation and other tools in both in the sphere of social policies and labour market policies.
Map and disseminate good practices on family and work life reconciliation in the different EU Member States.
Assess and promote comprehensive family friendly policies and their subsequent implementation.
To address also the issues of family carers, mental health, intergenerational solidarity, time for volunteer activities.
We have created this Blog, as well as we have adopted the Emperor Penguin as the symbol for the campaign, which received very positive feedback. Are you curious why? We have a detailed explanation here.