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The Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Dr Ivan Svetlik, on 16 June in Vienna, at the 29th Conference of Ministers Council of Europe responsible for family affairs

On 16 June 2009, the Minister of Labour, Family and Social, Affairs Dr Ivan Svetlik, attended the 29th Conference of Ministers Council of Europe responsible for family affairs, held in Vienna.

 

At the conference ‘Public Policies Supporting the Wish to Have Children: Societal, Economic and Personal Factors’, the ministers and other representatives of Member States of the Council of Europe examined policies and practices of Member States concerning the question on the decline in births in Europe as well as family-friendly policies. In the concluding part of the conference they received the final message of the ministers of the council of Europe responsible for family affairs.

 

 Minister Dr Svetlik made the opening address in the name of Slovenian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe and emphasised that one of the key priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe is building a more humane and inclusive Europe and in this regard also promoting children’s rights and the fight against all forms of violence against children.

 

It was in this regard that the efforts of the Council of Europe are important for positive parenthood and creating policies, measures and practices of Member States that will provide partial state contribution to the costs for the care of children, such as family benefits, coordination of the family and work environment and child-friendly environment, especially for the benefit of the child.

 

After the last Conference of Ministers of the Council of Europe responsible for family affairs the development of family policies may be summarised into the following points: legitimacy of individual family policy objectives such as cash benefits to support families, coordination of family and professional life, protection of parenthood, as well as support to individual family members.

Increasingly prominent within the area of family policy in Europe, are the questions associated with altered demographic and economic trends, changes to state welfare and in social security.

 

Slovenia is striving to continue the policy of support for the benefit of families and children. At the Conference, Dr Svetlik emphasised that Slovenia is implementing projects on coordinating family and professional life as well as projects on creating inter-generational solidarity.

 

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