European Economic & Social Committee: New Role Models of Societies in Europe

12 November, 09:30-17:30 | European Economic & Social Committee, Room JDE62, Jacques Delors Building, 99 Rue Belliard 99, Brussels B-1040, Belgium

The Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (Group III – EESC) will hold its next extraordinary meeting on the topic of ‘New Role Models for Societies in Europe’.

Over recent decades, social developments have transformed societies. The most significant of these developments is women’s gradual progress towards equality in the workplace, starting in the post-war period. In parallel, a new sociological landscape has emerged: fewer marriages, later in life, more divorces and separations and a higher proportion of single parent, single gender and blended families. As the EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Caregivers enters into the transposition phase in Member States, it is crucial for civil society to engage with national and European policy makers to review work-life balance policies and legislation. How to fulfil the needs of families and society at large, in the 21st Century? What best practices already exist in Member States and under what conditions have they emerged? What new proposals can be made by civil society to reduce tensions between professional and family life, irrespective of the gender of the parents or the family structure? How to enable family carers to provide quality and long-term care for those in need?

The objective of the conference will be to launch the discussion on the above interrelated topics, but with a forward looking and practical approach. To explore how to move from the personal experience to the Institutional, how to change mind-sets and overcome prejudices. To begin a dialogue!

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