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ERKEN BIJDRAGE GEZINNEN AAN BNP

           

 

Declaratie van Lissabon voor 9 miljoen grote gezinnen in 14  oude en nieuwe EU-landen

 

 

Nijmegen, 15 mei 2004.  In het kader van de VN-Dag van het Gezin vraagt de Vereniging Groot Gezin aandacht voor de Verklaring van Lissabon. Deze verklaring staat aan de basis van ELFAC, de European Large Families Confederation, waarin organisaties van 9 miljoen grote gezinnen uit 14 oude en nieuwe EU-landen zich hebben verenigd.

 

 

De Nederlandse Vereniging "Groot Gezin" heeft samen met de grootgezinverenigingen uit Spanje, Portugal, Hongarije en Letland het initiatief genomen tot de oprichting van de European Large FAmily Confederation (ELFAC) als overkoepelende organisatie voor grote gezinnen binnen de EU.

 

Inmiddels hebben zich 14 verenigingen aangesloten uit de EU lidstaten Cyprus, Estland, Hongarije, Letland, Litouwen, Nederland, Portugal, Roemenië, Slowakije, Spanje en Tsjechië.

Daarmee vertegenwoordigt ELFAC meer dan 50 miljoen EU burgers uit bijna 9 miljoen grote gezinnen.

 

ELFAC vraagt om erkenning van de bijzondere situatie en extra lasten van grote gezinnen als onderdeel van een algemeen gezinsbeleid dat de rechten van kinderen waarborgt en de keuzevrijheid van ouders als het gaat om onderwijs en verdeling van arbeid en zorg bevordert. Belangrijke actiepunten uit de Declaratie van Lissabon, het ‘mission statement’ van ELFAC zijn:

-         de erkenning van de economische bijdrage van gezinnen aan de maatschappij en opname hiervan in het BNP;

-         de instelling van nationale en internationale gezinseffectrapportages voor het overheidsbeleid in de Europese Unie;

 

 

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Voor informatie:

 vereniging@grootgezin.nl

 

             http://www.elfac.org

             http://www.grootgezin.nl/verenig.php

 

 

 


Bijlage:

 

 

Declaration of Lisbon

 

Family, built from the long lasting alliance between a man and a woman, is the fundamental unit of society and holds the primary responsibility for the protection, upbringing and development of children, Europe´s future citizens.

 

Family, the key actor in bringing up coming generations, should be recognised as a resource for the future and not reduced to a recipient of support.

 

Upholding the rights of children, beginning with their conception, implies stressing the rights and responsibilities of Family.

 

Realization of the desire of Europe to have active and concious young citizens requires stable families where, naturally and informally, social and volunteering capabilities are acquired.

 

Warrantor of the continuation of generations and the sustained progress of Europe,  Family is a fundamental asset that has to be valued by governing bodies.

 

Family is arguably the largest contributor to the economy, whose part in the economic process is not duly considered by the current indicators like GDP.

 

Respect  of the Common Good and the Principle of Subsidiarity demands that Governments insist on one adequate policy for the Family, established with clear and steady legal concepts, coupled with the necessary economic resources, which could be called “real human ecology”.

 

In view of what has been said above, on the occasion of the II European Large Families Conference, the European Large Families Confederation calls upon all European Governments:

 

1. to recognize the responsibility of Family in the protection and education of children and to guarantee Family the right to have children without being discriminated or economically penalized;

 

2. to give positive signals, through concrete measures, that recognise the contribution of Family for the balanced and healthful development of society;

 

3. to evaluate fiscal and social security systems concerning families in their states and, in states in which investment in families is lower than the European average, to increase this investment in order to provide children in the given country with equal social benefits and opportunities in a European context;

 

4. to guarantee parents the freedom to choose an appropriate form of education for their children, whether in public or private owned institutions;

 

5. to stimulate the social partners to adopt good practices to help Family discharge its specific functions and to contribute to actions of family organizations to this effect;

 

6. to carry out in their own countries the recommendations of the European Parliament resolution on reconciling professional, family and private lives as described in the document “Work, the family and private life”  from March 9, 2004.