Ministerial Conference

Conference of European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs
29th Session - 16-17 June 2009, Vienna, Austria

"Public policies supporting the wish to have children: societal, economic and personal factors"


Why many Europeans have fewer children than they actually want: Societal and economic factors

There is evidence to show that many people in Europe who wish to have children are postponing, limiting or failing to fulfil this wish. What are the societal, economic or other reasons for this gap between the desired and the actual number of children and which factors can and should be addressed by public policy?

Family-friendly policies: measures for an optimal framework

There is a great variety of policy instruments aiming at improving the situation of families such as family benefits, measures to reconcile professional and family life or the creation of a child-friendly environment. What are good practises and innovative policy measures that create an optimal framework for people who wish to have children?

The unfulfilled wish to have children: personal factors and children's best interests

How can family policy address the social and psychological aspects of involuntary childlessness? And how can the best interest of the child be ensured when people wish to resort to adoption to fulfil their wish for a child?

Reference Sites

Conference site
Family policy
Family law and children's rights
"Building a Europe for and with children"

About the Conference

Final Communiqué
Summary of National Position Papers

Related documents
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Final communiqué and political declaration of the Lisbon Conference
Factsheet: Council of Europe and Family Policy
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Expert reports

'Family policy in Council of Europe member states'

Council of Europe and family policy - expo materials for the conference

Why do we protect the family – and how?
Reconciling work and family life
Policy to support positive parenting
Child day care – a service for children
Protecting the rights of children in institutions