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Vienna, 1959. “Ohne gesunde , lebensstarke Familien agiert alle Politik, alle Wirtschaft, agieren alle Bestrebungen auf kulturellem und sozialem Gebiet im luftleern Raum” Dr Hurdes. Exchange of views on family policies Vienna, 1959 AUSTRIA.

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Vienna, 1959

“Ohne gesunde , lebensstarke Familien agiert alle Politik, alle Wirtschaft, agieren alle Bestrebungen auf kulturellem und sozialem Gebiet im luftleern Raum”

Dr Hurdes

Exchange of views on family policies

Vienna, 1959



Defence of the youth and the family against prejudicial influences of the community (film, reading-material, etc)

Paris, 1960



Economic benefits in favour of the family in nine European countries

Bonn-Bad Godesberg, 1962

Federal Republic of Germany


Le vieillissement de la population et les problèmes des personnesagées




Luxembourg, May 1966

“Il n’est plus indiqué aujourd’hui dans le domaine de l’éducation familiale de parler uniquement du rôle éducatif de la mère”

De Riemaecker-Legot, Belgium

“There is a new phenomenon described by medical doctors: the new town blues”

Petland, UK

La jeune famille

The Young family



Vienna, May 1968

Dear Secretary General,

Please find enclosed the communiqué on “the woman between profession and family” adopted by our conference and that should be transmitted to the UN Conference of ministers of social affairs meeting in September 1968.

The ministers of family affairs from 13 European countries.

The Secretary General

United Nations

New York



Nice, 1973

“There is an almost general increase in juvenile delinquency and a disturbing trend towards drug addiction. The causes are partially to be found in certain educational deficiencies.”

“The first duty of public authorities is to improve the quality of life”

“Placement in institutions is only to be recommended in exceptional cases”

Children and young persons at risk




Oslo, 1975

« Part of the problemis one of attitudes, among men and womenalike. Attitudes are fairlyrecalcitrant to government action, althoughevenheregovernmentsmay have an important role, especiallythrough the educational system and governmentcontrolled mass media »

Norwegian report

« The ministersagreedthat the aimshouldbe to adaptworking life to the needs of familiesratherthanviceversa »

Final communiqué

The equality of man and woman: its implications for family life and governmental action

Oslo, 1975



Athens, May 1979

“One should try to preserve the unique individuality of each child, which may be masked or forgotten if numbers and statistics are allowed to become our masters instead of our servants”

S. Doxiadis, minister of social service of Greece

Family policy as an instrument for providing equal opportunities for children

Athens, 1979



Rome, May 1981

“It was felt appropriate and desirable that family interests be represented and/or voiced at various political levels where decisions concerning it are taken, and that it be encouraged to participate actively in the social development of the community in which it is rooted”

Final communiqué

Time for work,

time for the family

Rome, 1981



Copenhagen, September 1983

“Policies to assist the elderly should be based on a principle of solidarity which reflects perfectly the aims of social progress embodied in the European Social Charter”

Final communiqué

The role of the elderly in the family in the context of the society of the 1980’s

Copenhaguen, 1983



Nicosia, 1989

“The ministers considered that further discussion might be helpful at international level of new needs of families in relation to family services, particularly for preventive mediation, counselling and parental education services”

Final communiqué

Methods of child-upbringing in Europe today and the role of family service

Nicosia 1989



Valleta, June 1985

“A society that fails to take proper heed of the fate of the least well-off –including the future of its young people- pronounces its own death sentence”

G. Adinolfi, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

“Families should be encouraged and aided directly when necessary, to that their function as economic, psychological, emotional and educational support for their members is strengthened”

Final communiqué

The effects on the family of the economiccrisis, and particularly of unemployment

Valleta, 1985



Lucerne, October 1991

“The general movement towards decentralisation goes hand in hand with the heightened roles of the European Community and the Council of Europe.

The ministers affirmed that some of the answers to the dilemma can be found in the principle of subsidiarity and in a global and integrated family policy”.

Final communiqué

Family policy and decentralisation

Lucerne, 1991



Helsinki,June 1995

“Public awareness campaigns should be launched specifically focusing on the need for a “new family culture” concerning the role of men and women in the family, at work and in society.

The needs of boys and girls to be prepared adequately for their future roles as partners, parents and family carers should be met”.

Final communiqué

The status and role of fathers. Family policy aspects.

Helsinki, 1995



Vienna, June 1997

“Ministers stressed that youth and family participation enables policy makers to include creative new ideas attuned to the needs of and interests of young people in the respective policy areas, and to develop more client-oriented policies.”

Final communiqué


a challenge to the family

Vienna, 1997



Stockholm, June 1999

“Children’s views should be listened to when developing a child friendly society. By encouraging this simple form of participation, one can enable children to contribute actively to the world beyond the family- school, leisure activities, the local community”.

Final communiqué

Towards a

child friendly society

Stockholm, 1999



Portoroz, June 2001

“Reconciling working and family life should revalue and restructure work practices, upgrade health care and family life and generally help to improve the quality of life”.

Reconciling working and family life

Portoroz, 2001


Final communiqué


Lisbon, May 2006

“Ministers discussed the need to abolish corporal punishment, as a human rights issue within the family as well as the protection against all forms of violence, including abuse within the home environment.

They recognised State responsibility in this respect and decided to take some further step with a view to preventing any form of violence within the family”

Final communiqué

Changes in parenting: children today, parents tomorrow

Lisbon, 2006



Vienna, June 2009

See you in Norway!!!

The Council of Europe secretariat