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Profile of registrant

Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union

Identification number in the register: 93283396780-85
Registration date: 26/09/11 14:54:49

The information on this organisation was last modified on 02/09/13 11:33:26
The date of the last annual update was 02/09/13 11:33:26

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union
Acronym: COFACE
Legal status: aisbl
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Agnes UHERECZKY
Position: Directrice

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Agnes UHERECZKY
Position: Directrice

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 17 rue de Londres 
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+32) 25114179
Fax number: (+32) 25144773
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: De nombreuses décisions ou orientations prises au niveau européen touchent directement la vie familiale. Leur incidence sur les parents et les enfants est telle que l’élaboration progressive d’une politique familiale européenne s’impose. Cette politique peut se définir comme étant la dimension familiale à donner aux politiques et initiatives économiques, sociales et culturelles développées au niveau européen; en un mot, il s’agit de «family mainstreaming».

Pour promouvoir une telle politique, la COFACE agit dans trois directions complémentaires:

* Porte-parole des organisations familiales, elle est l’interlocuteur des instances européennes dans tous les secteurs où les droits et intérêts des familles sont impliqués.

* Elle informe les organisations nationales des développements de l’Union européenne et encourage une prise de conscience européenne.

* Elle organise des échanges d’idées et d’expériences et une entraide entre les organisations familiales des divers pays.

Au fil des années, l’action de la COFACE a contribué au développement de la politique européenne dans les secteurs comme la défense des intérêts des consommateurs, la protection sociale, la lutte contre l’exclusion sociale, la non-discrimination et l’égalité des chances, la démographie, les programmes d’aide aux personnes handicapées et leurs familles, la promotion de la santé, de l’éducation, de la société civile,… Ainsi la dimension familiale prend progressivement place dans le champ d’action européen.

La COFACE veut intensifier sa collaboration avec les institutions européennes et leur demande:

* D’être consultée dans tous les secteurs où la dimension familiale des politiques est concernée.

* D’organiser chaque année une réunion du Conseil des ministres ayant la politique familiale dans leurs attributions.

* De prévoir un fondement juridique incontestable de soutien à la vie familiale dans le Traité de l’Union.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 6
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Martin SCHMALZRIED 11/09/13 09/09/14
Ana PEREZ 18/09/13 16/09/14
Zoltan VADKERTI 11/09/13 09/09/14
Agnes UHERECZKY 11/09/13 09/09/14
Paola PANZERI 11/09/13 09/09/14
ANNE-MARIE DRIESKENS 11/04/14 09/04/15
Florian CHARRON 11/09/13 09/09/14


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The issues we are working on range from family and social policies, migration, the family dimension of disability, to safer internet, protection of families as vulnerable consumers, improving childcare and health services, to the impact of the economic crisis on families, and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable families.
We bring together organisations and policy makers to discuss issues and decisions that have an impact on the lives of families, and we aim at developing policy recommendations, that are viable, are affecting a large number of families in all their diversity, and can enable families to flourish all over Europe. We do this always in partnership with other civil society organisations at EU and national levels, the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as other EU institutions and stakeholders.

We organise regular working group meetings, as well as thematic and ad-hoc meetings, conferences, seminars. Through our participation in both research and other projects, we aim at developing tools and contributing to a better understanding of the situation and the environment of families in our changing societies, as well as raise awareness about certain key topics.

We also contribute our expertise to a number of legislative proposals through stakeholder consultations, and through our advocacy work to the shaping of a more family friendly policy and legislative environment in Europe.

In 2012, COFACE was 54 years old
The COFACE website pages have been viewed 78.192 times
Written Declaration nr 32 was signed by 240 MEPs
The COFACE team spent 36 hours in the train travelling to Strasbourg
We drank more than 3080 cups of coffee to keep us going
The total number of hours of our meetings, conferences and working groups amounts to 2525
We attended 162 external meetings
Our Blog on the 2014 campaign was visited 6107 times
We developed 13 different new communication tools

Always eager to break new frontiers, we organised the seminar “E-Health: Challenges and opportunities for families” on the 19th April at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

To mark the International Day of Families in 2012, held each year on 15th of May, COFACE organised a conference in the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Ádám Kósa, and was the occasion to launch the COFACE-Disability Publication: “The Family Dimension of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

COFACE participated at the annual gathering for the United Nations International Day of Families 2012 “Ensuring work-family balance” organized by the UN DESA Focal Point on the Family, in New York.

On the 25th June we organised the expert group meeting on Early Childhood Education and Care and Early School Leavers, which gathered 18 experts both from the COFACE members as well as representatives of other Parents’ organisations and the European Commission.

MEP Marian Harkin hosted our event on “Reconciling Work and Care responsibilities: a challenge for family carers in Europe” on the 26th June in the European Parliament, which was attended by over 120 participants.

COFACE started actively lobbying for a European Year in 2011, and this advocacy campaign was streamlined early 2012 to what it is today, a growing Alliance of organisations, policy makers and individuals, who engage in the common objective, to have 2014 designated as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life.

Today, all families living in Europe have to cope with the increasing conflict between their family and work life. The year would offer an opportunity to focus on how the labour market is organised, what practices and policies exist and which work in enabling a good work life balance, productivity, job security and a decent quality of life. We would be looking at the trends and the demographic challenge for Europe, looking for viable solutions with a broad, multidisciplinary stakeholder base.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Budget
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Sport
  • Taxation
  • Transport
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 57
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Katholischer Familienverband Österreichs (KFÖ) (176,880 members)
  • AP3 (800 members)
  • Femmes Prévoyantes Socialistes (FPS) (1,600,000 members)
  • Fonds du Logement Wallon (FLW) (0 members)
  • Ligue des Familles (LDF) (140,000 members)
  • Gezinsbond (1,000,000 members)
  • Centre d'Action Laïque (CAL) (0 members)
  • Aidants Proches ASBL (400,000 members)
  • Center of Women's Studies (21 members)
  • Women and Mothers Against Violence (5,589 members)
  • Pancyprian Organisation Polyteknon (POP) (30,000 members)
  • Väestöliitto (5,400,000 members)
  • Union Nationale des Familles de France (UNAF) (50,000,000 members)
  • A.P.E.L. National (843,475 members)
  • Familles Rurales (640,000 members)
  • Familles de France (250,000 members)
  • Confédération Syndicale des Familles (CSF) (35,000 members)
  • Asso. Spina Bifida et Handicaps Associés (15,000 members)
  • Association des Paralysés de France (APF) (93,500 members)
  • Aide à Domicile en milieu Rural (ADMR) (265,000 members)
  • Confédération Nationale des Associations Familiales Catholiques (CNAFC (105,000 members)
  • Union Nat. Asso. Parents enfants Inadaptés (UNAPEI) (390,000 members)
  • Union Nat. Asso. Familles traumatisés crâniens (UNAFTC) (18,000 members)
  • Union Nat. Des Associations de Parrainage de Proximité (UNAPP) (4,500 members)
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Familienorganisationen (AGF) e.V. (1,400 members)
  • Greek Confederation of Families with many Children (ASPE) (1,200,000 members)
  • Family and Chilcare Center (KMOP) (10,000 members)
  • Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA) (11,000 members)
  • Associazione Italiana Genitore (AGE) (35,000 members)
  • Asso. Italiana per l'Assistenza agli Spastici (AIAS) (29,750 members)
  • Coordinamento Familiari Assistenti "Clelia" Onlus (Co.Fa.As.) (1,950 members)
  • Movimiento Italiano Genitori (MOIGE) (30,000 members)
  • Union of Latvian Large Family Associations (ULLFA) (420 members)
  • SOS Children's Villages (500 members)
  • Asso. Parents d'Enfants mentalement handicapés (APEMH) (5,025 members)
  • Foundation Houses of Lonely Mothers with Children (0 members)
  • Asso. Nac. Familias para Integraçao da Pessoa Deficiente (AFID) (0 members)
  • Confederaçao Nac. Das Asso. De Familia (CNAF) (121 members)
  • Liga Portuguesa dos Deficientes Motores (LPDM-CRS) (990 members)
  • Fundatia Familia Si Ocrotirea Copilului (FOC) (0 members)
  • Club of Large Families (3,500 members)
  • Druzinska Pobuda (Family Initiative) (1,048 members)
  • Asociación Salud y Familia (ASF) (277,490 members)
  • Asso. General Consumidores de España (ASGECO) (600,000 members)
  • Conf. Española de org. Amas de Casa, Consumidores y Usuarios (CEACCU) (376,737 members)
  • Unión Cívica Nacional Amas de hogar de España (UNAE) (65,000 members)
  • Union de Asocianciones Familiares (UNAF) (6,000 members)
  • Union de Centros de Acción Rural (UNCEAR) (0 members)
  • CEAFA (3,500,000 members)
  • EFCNI (3,150,000 members)
  • Pro Familia (800 members)
  • Makalösa Föräldrar (750,000 members)
  • Pro-XY (708 members)
  • Family and Childcare Trust (2,000 members)
  • Maman Travaille (350 members)
  • Anziani e Non Solo Societa Cooperativa (300 members)
  • Fundacion Isadora Duncan (7,296,000 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

COFACE is a founding member of three European networks :
- Social Platform
- European Disability Forum
- European Brain Injury Society.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 603,517
of which public financing: 512,747
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 512,747
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 90,770
- donations:
- contributions from members: 70,356
Autres revenus : 20,414
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 600000  € - 700000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.