Population diversity and social cohesion: What works at the local level?

This policy brief reviews recent population trends and the potential for policy changes from a European comparative perspective and presents policy recommendations for local decision makers and community leaders. In several meetings with experts from science, politics and society, the Regional Population Diversity and Social Cohesion in the Local Context focused on reviewing recent population trends, the … Read more

New Ministry of Social Cohesion and Family in Greece

ASPE, the Supreme Confederation of Multi-Child/Large Families’ Parents of Greece had been asking for many years for a Family Ministry. The new Government set up after the elections of 25th of June now includes a new Ministry that is responsible for Social Cohesion and Family. It consists of three pillars / General Secretaries: (a) demographic … Read more

Webinar: Family-friendly municipalities, strategic planning and purposes

Regina Maroncelli and Raul Sanchez – president and general secretary of Elfac and coordinator of the European Network of family friendly municipalities, will speak about the Network during a webinar organised by the Italian Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia The webinar will give the opportunity to learn about the process of certification in Italy and … Read more

General assembly of ELFAC in Poland on occasion of the XI Congress of ZDR3+

“Family creates a good climate!”. This was the motto of the Congress of Polish Large Families that hosted the general assembly of ELFAC, the European Confederation of Large Families. Over 1000 people, mostly children, attended the annual meeting of Polish large families held in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, a few kilometres from Warsaw, from 17 to 19 June. … Read more

From January 2023 39 new municipalities have joined the European Network

They are 39 the new municipalities that have joined the European Network of Family-Friendly Municipalities from January 2023: 32 are form Portugal, 3 from Italy, 1 from Spain, 1 from Hungary, 1 from Poland and 1 from Romania PORTUGUESE MUNICIPALITIES Palmela Porto de Mós Valpaços Vila Nova de Poiares Felgueiras Almeida Loulé Estarreja Arcos de … Read more

Demography of Europe: 2023 interactive edition

Demographic statistics are among the most popular data Eurostat produces, and they are important for almost every area of policy. This publication shows what official European statistics can tell us about how the population is developing, ageing, and much more. It provides possibilities to investigate EU and country level data and compare trends over several … Read more

Participation of Elisabeth Mueller, vice president of ELFAC, in the official observance of the International Day of Families in United Nations

As part of the preparations for the thirtieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2024 (IYF+30), the 2023 in-person observance of the International Day of Families focused on the megatrend of demographic change and its impact on families.  For the first time since ELFAC granted consultative status in United Nations in June 2021, … Read more

Female employment and elderly care: the role of care policies and culture in 21 European countries

To what extent and in what ways do welfare state policies and cultural values affect the employment patterns of mid-life women with care responsibilities toward a frail parent? The study draws on Eurobarometer micro-data integrated with country-level information to respond to this question. Performing a multilevel analysis across 21 European countries, it considers macro factors … Read more

New pages on Facebook and Twitter!

The European Network of Family-Friendly Municipality has opened a new page on Facebook and Twitter, where will be shared interesting news, upcoming events, good practices and new municipalities! —> You can find the Facebook page HERE ! —> Twitter: @familycities Your municipality can use our tag every time there is a news that is connected … Read more

How socio-cultural factors and opportunity costs shape the transition to a third child

Abstract Vol. 35 (2023) Objective: Why do parents decide to have more than two children? Background: This study explores how opportunity costs and socio-cultural factors such as value of children, perceived social pressure and intergenerational fertility transmission influence the transition to higher order fertility in seven European countries. Method: Using panel data for Austria, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Hungary, … Read more

No place like home? Depopulation and local ties

On 29 November 2022, the project “Regional population diversity and social cohesion in the local context” invited eminent experts from science, policy and civil society to discuss social cohesion and sense of belonging as meaningful achievements to counter demographic challenges of depopulation and ageing and prevent their negative social effects. The workshop participants exchanged their views and experiences on … Read more