Family Affairs

28th European Conference of Ministers responsible for Family Affairs
''Changes in parenting: children today, parents tomorrow''

Lisbon, 16 - 17 May 2006

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The conference, bringing together Ministers from the Council of Europe's 46 member states responsible for Family Affairs, was aimed to identify supportive measures to help families remain the core unit of our societies, and to discuss responsible parenthood and how to increase involvement of men in family life. The conference also contributed to the Council of Europe's ongoing campaign to construct a family-friendly Europe for and with children, launched in Monaco in April 2006.

The opening speeches on Tuesday 16 May 2006 were given by the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio and the Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity of Portugal, José António Vieira da Silva. (more...)

Final Communique and Political Declaration
Final press release

Opening Speech given by José António Vieira da Silva, Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity of Portugal

Speech (Portuguese version only)

''Public policy across Europe needs to be more supportive of parenting'': Professor Mary Daly, Queen's University Belfast and for this year on sabbatical at Harvard University in Boston


The main theme of the Conference:

Changes in parenting: children today, parents tomorrow

and the three sub themes:

Family policies in the light of demographic changes in Europe and different patterns of family life
Supporting parenting in the best interest of the child
Follow-up of the Portorož Conference on ''Reconciling working and family life''


Maud de Boer-Buquicchio : ''Families remain the core unit of our societies''

  Practical information
Registration form
General Information
  Useful links and documents

Conference website
Special newsletter
Table of statistics
Family Law
Children, families and the elderly

Protecting children

Special file
Building a Europe for and with children
Facts and figures
Why a programme

Demographic and social implications of low fertility for family structures in Europe
Other publications
Publishing website