Conference of European Ministers, responsible for Family Affairs -
"Reconciling Working and Family Life"

Portorož, 20 - 22 June 2001
At the invitation of the Slovenian Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, the Ministers responsible for Family Affairs, or their representatives, of the member states of the Council of Europe, and representatives of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly and Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, as well as the Holy See, met in Portorož, Slovenia, on 20 - 22 June 2001 for the XXVIIth Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs, on the theme “Reconciling working and family life”.

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;
 





 
About the conference
Final Communiqué

The social and family consequences and costs of the unemployment of young people