Last week the Intergroup on Active ageing, intergenerational solidarity and Family friendly policies was officially registered at the European Parliament. This intergroup is split into two Sub-Groups, one dealing with Active ageing, coordinated by MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP – Netherlands), and another one, coordinated by MEP Anna Záborská, (EPP – Slovakia), dealing with Family friendly policies. The topic intergenerational solidarity will be addressed by both sub-groups as it is transversal.
With this Intergroup, the Parliament has re-established an official structure devoted to Family friendly policies for the new legislative term 2014-2019.
Indeed, the Group currently is the only structure within the EU institutions that is focused on the needs of families. While the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), gender issues, environmental issues, etc. all are “mainstreamed” into EU policies, there would be a much more pressing need for “family mainstreaming”, i.e. for defining the interests of families as a pivotal and transversal policy objective for the EU, which must be taken into account each and every time a new policy measure is proposed. For this to happen, it is of primordial importance that the intergroup base its actions on a clear and undiluted understanding of the notion “family”.