The main aim of this Conference of European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs was to discuss experience, views and good practices regarding action to reconcile working and family life, which is a matter of major concern both to ministers responsible for family affairs and to ministers responsible for employment. -
The theme of the XXVIIth Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs "Reconciling Working and Family Life" also ties in closely with the aims of the Council of Europe’s programme on Children and Families. One of the main questions covered by the previous “Programme for Children” was “children and child day-care” and, under the responsibility of the new Forum for Children and Families, a draft recommendation on child day-care will be prepared.
The Conference focused on three themes:
Reconciling working and family life: Policy objectives and challenges,
The role of the state and public authorities: measures and initiatives and,
The fair sharing of responsibilities between mothers and fathers;