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EFSI welcomes the publication of the European Reconciliation Package

After a couple of years of an intense awareness raising campaign on the issue of work-life balance, COFACE has published a policy package showing the way forward.

On the 3rd of March 2015, COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union) launched the European Reconciliation Package (ERP). This policy package is the main policy outcome of the 2014 Year of Reconciling Work and Family Life in Europe in which EFSI has been actively involved.

The document reflects the challenges and opportunities posed by the greater difficulties of all EU citizens to cope with everyday life tasks and family responsibilities. A legislative and policy background outlines the current situation and some recommendation are putting forward as well as a number of existing and inspiring practices in Europe. Thus, the ERP underlines the need to ensure provision of accessible and affordable quality care services and the specific role played by personal and household services as one solution among others to better reconcile work and family life.

As a member of the 2014 Alliance - gathering a diverse group of civil society networks, local authorities, academia and work-life balance professionals – EFSI has been involved in the drafting of the ERP. Furthermore, EFSI contributed to put the issue of work-life balance at the forefront of EU debates by dedicating the 6th edition of the European conference on PHS to the issue of work-life balance and by publishing a booklet setting out and clarifying the role played by the PHS sector for work-life balance.

The European Reconciliation Package can be downloaded in pdf version here. A French, Spanish and Italian version will be available by the end of the month.

More information on the awareness raising campaign lead by COFACE here.