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ELFAC (European Large Families Confederation)

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ELFAC (European Large Families Confederation)

History

The European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) was formally constituted in 2004, gathering Large Families Associations across Europe. This Confederation represents more than 50 millions of European citizens who belong to the nearly 9 million large families.

The idea of ELFAC was launched in the I European Large Families Conference that took place in Madrid (Spain) on 2 November 2002, and the decisive part of its Statutes were agreed upon at a meeting held in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 October 2003. The foundation meeting of ELFAC was held on the occasion of the II European Large Families Conference in Lisbon (Portugal) in March, 2004. The III Conference took place in Gyor (Hungary) in 2006; the IV in Barcelona (Spain) in 2008; the V in Rimini (Italy) in 2010; the VI in Tartu (Estonia) in 2012; and the VII in Cascais (Portugal) in 2014.

Objectives

The objectives of the Confederation shall be to represent the social and economic interests of families with children, in general, and large families, in particular, as the most appropriate environment for bringing up children, integrating them into society, and providing mutual support and solidarity among generations; as well as the promotion, development and unity of the movement of large family organisations.

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July 10, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Elfac and viafamilies.com join forces to promote cultural exchanges between European families

Via Families, a company that has a collaboration agreement with Elfac, launches this summer a promotion to promote cultural exchanges and international education between large families. In this agreement viafamilies.com offers free registration for the 2,000 first large families (members of a ELFAC large families association) who register on their platform, through which they can contact other families to manage a possible exchange of any of its members.

When the families register on the platform, they should indicate that they are members of a large families association integrated in ELFAC. Once Vía Families confirm with Elfac that the family is a member, in their profile will appear the logo of Elfac. From that moment they can contact other large families. When they had to pay for the exchange it will appear "0 ", that is, free registration.

In addition, the first hundred families who contact other family and get an exchange / invitation / trip of one or more of their members (the help will be for the first family to contact) will receive a 200 euros for financial assistance. The requirements are: The exchange /trip has to be held this summer (2017), before September 30; family has to make a fun, creative and short videoclip with the host family showing the Vía Families logo. The family will have to answer a small questionnaire and certify the trip (for example with a copy of the travel tickets).

With this initiative, Via Families wants to support large families and encourage cultural exchanges between European families.


July 22, 2016, 12:46 p.m.

Large families across the Europe united to cut the VAT on diapers

Member Associations of ELFAC are working for months on a common campaign “Lower VAT on nappies” that aims at lowering the VAT on baby diapers, which in many countries are currently burdened with the maximum rate equal to cosmetics or jewellery.

On the occasion of World Day of Mothers and Fathers, ELFAC with its campaign focuses on getting support from social organizations public bodies to enhance the request.

Large Families Associations from 20 European countries led by the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) has joined to demand the reduction of the VAT on diapers within the European Union.  For months they have been working for this common cause that affects millions of families across Europe and whose ultimate goal is to get the EU government amend the directive that regulates duty on diapers and other infant products, currently treated as luxury items.

In Spain, diapers, used daily by millions of children, share the maximum, 21% VAT rate, together with items such as alcohol, snuff, hairdressing, cosmetics, discos or nightclubs. "Products that definitely are NOT needed in the first place", says the president of the Spanish Federation of Large Families (FEFN), Eva Holgado.

In June 2015, European Large Families Confederation launched the campaign to sensitize public opinion about the problem and achieve significant social support in social networks by using hashtag #lowerVATnappiesNOW.

On the occasion of World Day Mothers and Fathers, celebrated today on June 1, the campaign now enters into a phase of collecting signatures of public and private entities that share the same concern. All these to get the diapers have a VAT much fairer, according to the type of product they are. To do this, the associations are putting in touch with social organizations acting in the fields of child and family, including UNICEF, Save the Children, CEAPA, SOS Children's Villages, etc. which may join the request through lowervat.strikingly.com.

All support collected in each country will be transferred to the respective responsible for the economy to be later presented in ECOFIN, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, in which the Finance Ministers of all States are involved and where they discuss these kinds of issues.

Impact on the family economy

Spending on diapers has an important impact on the economy of families. Although the final price depends on the age and brand of the diapers, the average cost is about 50 euros per month for a child, amount to be faced during the first two years of life of the baby. In case of large families with three or more children, this financial outlay is doubled or tripled and extended throughout the years reaching 100 or 150 euros spend per month on diapers only.


July 22, 2016, 12:41 p.m.

Portgual: Celebrations of Brothers and Sisters Day, 31st of May

On May, 31st we commemorate Brothers and Sisters day by celebrating the unique bond between siblings. In 2016, in Portugal, thousands of people celebrated in their homes and social networks this date, by sharing photos, videos and memos with their siblings.

Happy Brothers and Sisters day!

 

The Large Families Portuguese Association organized several initiatives throughout the country such as campaigns in supermarkets and malls, with games and photo booths with creative messages for brothers and sister, multiple radio spots, posters and 25% discounts on tickets in public transportation, in Lisbon.

Poster with main sponsors spread across Lisbon in trains, Supermarkets, Malls, etc.

Radio Stations Comercial and Renascença celebrated Brothers and Sisters day with radio spots through the day and facebook tribute to siblings.

 

 Five million commemorative sugar packages were distributed in Portugal to sweeten this day, with the support of Delta Cafés de Portugal, the biggest national coffee enterprise.

  

The Portuguese people responded in mass, with hundreds of shares and facebook posts. Celebrities, public figures, politicians, including Portugal’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, left public messages for their brothers and sisters.  (See President’s message here)

1.Sara Sampaio, Portuguese Supermodel, Worldwide famous, 2.Portuguese Actress Ana Sofia Martins 3. Portuguese Band D.A.M.A with their brothers and sisters


July 22, 2016, 11:54 a.m.

Poverty risks since the crisis

Poverty risks since the crisis

One of the legacies of the crisis is an increased number of people at risk of poverty. These are people with household incomes below 60% of the median income in their country. The share of people at risk of poverty (or the ‘at-risk-of-poverty rate’, AROP) increased from 13.5 per cent in 2007 to 15.9 per cent in 2014 among the working-age population (20-64 years old) – a rise of almost 20% (EU average excluding Croatia and Malta).

 

As the chart below shows, all age groups below 65 years experienced an increase in AROP, with those aged 20-29 worst affected. These young adults had their access to the labour market barred by a double-dip recession, and the AROP rate in this age group went up from 15.4 per cent in 2007 to 20.0 per cent in 2014.

The other age group that stands out are people over 65 years of age who saw their AROP rate decline from 20.3 per cent to 14.6 per cent, to a level below that of the working-age population. Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and, to a much lesser extent, Germany are the only exceptions and recorded increasing AROP rates for older people.

There can be little doubt that young adults suffered badly from the crisis. A further increase in the AROP rate may well have been prevented by more young adults living with their parents rather than in their own households. The situation of the so-called Generation Y, or the millennials, i.e. those born between 1980s and 2000, has clearly become an issue of concern.

If young adults appear as the main losers of the crisis, can one say that older people are the winners? This is far from certain. The decline in older people’s AROP rates can be the result of pensions being more stable than other incomes. If incomes from employment and capital fall and pull down the median income, then an increasing number of older people may find themselves above the AROP threshold of 60% of the median income – without having more money at their disposal. The composition of this age group may also have changed as a result of large numbers of baby-boomers retiring. New retirees tend to have better pensions than the oldest pensioners, many of whom are women on low widow’s pensions.

Further analysis is required to understand what is behind this apparent reversal of fortunes between young adults and retirees, and how lasting it could be. However, it would clearly be also in the interest of older people that young adults see their situations improve very soon thanks to better labour market opportunities. Indeed, creating more opportunities for young people to be economically active is fundamentally important if we expect younger generations of tax payers to finance the pension and health care systems for the ageing population.

 

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

Editor's note: this article is part of a regular series called "Evidence in focus", which will put the spotlight on key findings from past and on-going research at DG EMPL.

 Source: European Commission


July 22, 2016, 11:47 a.m.

Entrevista a Iwona Sztajner nuestra International Administrador que nos cuenta su historia.

¿De dónde eres?

        Soy de Polonia. Nací en Częstochowa, pero los últimos años he vivido en Cracovia por mis estudios.

 

¿Cuándo llegaste a España?

Llegué a finales de agosto 2013, primero con la idea de estudiar, solo medio año, pero al cabo de un par de semanas ya lo tenía claro que iba a ser muy poco. Pedí la universidad que me prorrogara  la estancia también para el segundo semestre académico y al final decidí quedarme para vivir aquí permanentemente.  

 

¿Quién te pago tu estancia?

La beca Erasmus me permitió alquilar una habitación en un piso compartido. El resto (comida, libros, excursiones, etc.) tuve que pagar de mis propios ahorros.

 

¿Dónde te alojaste?

Los primeros días estuve en el piso de mi prima, para que pudiera buscar con tranquilidad un alojamiento para el tiempo del intercambio. Esto fue muy útil, no solo por los consejos que me dio respecto al tema, sino también por comodidad: muchos de mis amigos tenían que buscarse un hostal. Al cabo de dos semanas me mudé a un piso que compartimos con otras tres chicas: dos que también estaban haciendo Erasmus en Barcelona y una española que justo volvió de su intercambio.

 

¿Cómo conociste gente?

¡Simplemente abriéndome a los demás! Hay que salir, buscar eventos que universidad u otras entidades organizan para los estudiantes extranjeros, participar en los trabajos del grupo en las clases y sobre todo vivir la manera “amigos míos, son también amigos tuyos”. Las redes sociales también fueron útiles: antes de llegar a Barcelona encontré en Facebook varios grupos que reunían gente que iba a venir aquí por los mismos motivos. Nos pusimos en contacto y nada más llegar quedamos para tomar un café. ¡Así conocí mis futuras compañeras del piso!

 

¿Te costó aclimatarte: amistades, etc.?

Creo que esta es la parte más difícil de vivir en el extranjero: empezar todo absolutamente desde cero. Reconozco que no es fácil romper con timidez o superar el miedo de hablar en otro idioma, pero por otro lado no hay otra opción. A uno le va a costar más, a otro menos – depende de la personalidad y lo que uno busca. Está claro, que establecer las amistades que duren toda la vida requiere mucho más esfuerzo que mantener una buena relación con el vendedor de la panadería al lado de tu casa. Pero estos gestos de amabilidad y simpatía también son importantes, porque ayudan a sentirse acogido.

 

¿Cuáles fueron tus experiencias?

Sobre todo aprendí muchísimo de mi misma. 

Una estancia fuera lo que enseña en realidad es sobre la vida,   te hace más fuerte por dentro y capaz de afrontar cualquier reto.

Estudiar o vivir en otro país no solo implica distintas asignaturas, otros métodos de enseñanza o nuevos idiomas. Es una experiencia muchísimo más compleja, que incluye tanto las “tonterías del día” cuando entras al supermercado y te das cuenta que aquí no existen tus galletas “de toda la vida” que desayunas cada mañana, como los asuntos con muchísimo más cargo, por ejemplo explicar a la administrativa en la universidad que ya es la tercera vez que intentas matricularte a esta asignatura y sin ella no te van a aprobar el curso entero.

Es exigente tener que solucionarlo todo solo, pero al final en la memoria te quedas con los momentos más bonitos que hayas    vivido con los demás.

Tal vez tu desayuno ahora es distinto que antes, pero en cambio los próximos fines de semana cenas con las familias de tus amigos en Roma, Londres y Lisboa. Esto es lo bonito: estés donde estés, te sientes como en casa y no hay nada que te supere.

 

¿Cómo crees que Via Families puede ayudar a las familias de Europa?

La verdad es que hay tantas posibilidades, como situaciones cotidianas que uno afronta cada día o deseos que se tengan. ¿Lo que te importa es mejorar tu francés? ¿Quieres aprender a cocinar la verdadera pasta italiana? ¿Siempre has soñado con visitar la casa de Picasso? ¿Quizá ya estás viviendo en el extranjero, pero necesitas que alguien te acompañe cuando vas al médico?  ¿O simplemente tienes ganas de probar patinaje sobre hielo? TODO es posible y además al alcance de tu mano. Creo que es genial poder contactar directamente con la gente, porque nadie mejor que tú mismo va a saber que es lo que buscas y a la vez esto te facilita encontrar personas con las mismas necesidades o intereses. ¿Y lo mejor? Que no es solo “un contacto”, sino la verdadera familia.