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Monday 16th of September 2019


Confederation of Familly Organizations in the European Union

Confédération des Organisations Familliales de l'Union Europée


European Union


Federation 1958


Family, Protection, Public policies


Numerous decisions or orientations taken at European level directly affect family life. The impact of EU policies on parents and children is such that there is a need for the shaping of a European family policy. Such a policy can be defined as the family dimension to be incorporated into the economic, social and cultural policies and initiatives drawn up at European level, in one word: “Family mainstreaming”.
With a view to promoting such a policy, COFACE works in three complementary directions:
❙ As spokesperson for family organisations, it liaises with the European authorities in all sectors relating to the rights and interests of families.
❙ It informs national organisations of developments in the European Union, and encourages greater awareness of the Community dimension.
❙ It organises exchanges of ideas and experiences as well as mutual aid between family organisations in different countries.
Over the years, COFACE’S action has contributed to the development of Community policy in areas such as the promotion of consumer interests, social protection, equal opportunities, the fight against social exclusion and discrimination, programmes to help disabled people and their families, demographic issues, the promotion of health and education, civil society,… The family dimension is therefore gradually being given a place in the field of European initiatives.


COFACE is a pluralistic organisation, at the heart of civil society, which aims at promoting family policy, solidarity between generations and the interests of children within the European Union.
COFACE advocates a policy of non-discrimination and of equal opportunities between persons and between family forms, and specifically supports policies aiming at equality between women and men.
COFACE was originally founded in 1958 as the European Action Committee of the International Union of Family Organizations (IUFO). Over time, it gained more independence, and in 1979 turned itself into an international not-for-profit voluntary organization with the name Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Community, now the European Union.
COFACE links together general and single-issue national family organisations. It currently has 52 member organisations across 21 Member States of the European Union. As such, it gives a voice to many millions of parents and children.

Contact details

Rue de Londres 17, 1050, Brussels,
Telephone: 3225114179 - Fax: 3225144773


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