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Council of Europe Conference of
Ministers responsible for Family Affairs

“Public Policies Supporting the Wish to Have Children: Societal, Economic and Personal Factors”

16-17 June 2009, Vienna (Austria)


The ministers responsible for family affairs of the Council of Europe member states will meet in Vienna on 16 and 17 June 2009 to discuss the topic “Public Policies Supporting the Wish to Have Children: Societal, Economic and Personal Factors”. This event marks the 50th anniversary of this conference, which was held for the first time in 1959, also in Vienna.
There is evidence to show that many people in Europe who wish to have children are postponing, limiting or failing to fulfil this wish because of unfavourable social, economic or other circumstances. Ministers gathering at this conference will discuss what family policy can do to support people who wish to have children through creating more child- and family-friendly societies.
The Council of Europe has a strong record in promoting good family policies, based on the principle of human rights, and particularly on children’s rights and gender equality.

Conference documents and pictures
- Programme

- Family Policy in Council of Europe member states

- Summary of National Position Papers

- Positive Parenting. Follow-up to the 28th Ministerial Conference, Lisbon, 2006

- Final Communiqué

- Pictures

- Presentation on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary


- Opening speech by Mr Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria (in German)

- Speech by Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

- Speech by Mr Luca Volontè, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

- Speech by Mr Valerio Prignachi, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

- Speech by Ms Christine Marek, State Secretary of Family and Youth, Austria (in German)

- Speech by Mr Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Social Affairs, Estonia

- Speech by Ms Lotte Greppe Knutsen, State Secretary for Children and Equality, Norway

- Closing speech by Mr Alexander Vladychenko, Director General of Social Cohesion of the Council of Europe

- Presentation and keynote speech (in German) by Prof. Wolfgang Mazal

- Presentation by Mr Fred Deven

- Presentation by Prof. Eric Blyth

Key Council of Europe legal standards on family policy
- European Social Charter (revised, 1996)

- Recommendation on reconciling work and family life (1996)

- Recommendation on child day-care (2002)

- Recommendation on policy to support positive parenting (2006)

- Recommendation on coherent and integrated family policies (1994)