Family

Related Theme: Social Affairs

The family is an irreplaceable form of social capital and should receive recognition for the contribution it makes to our society and to the care of people at every stage of their lives. The family should be properly supported and encouraged in its social and economic role.

Demographic change (ageing) and evolution in family structures bring new challenges, changing the way family policies need to be designed, coordinated and implemented.

Family policy is not an EU competence as such, but there are provisions in the Treaty which protect the family. In terms of policy, the EU is able to enact legislation in several areas which have an important impact on family life: the work-life balance, gender equality at work, child protection and development, parenting support and the fight against family and child poverty.

Several policies also indirectly influence families, and family policy should therefore be mainstreamed into all EU policies.

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