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Conference | Unlocking new economic thinking for a sustainable future

COFACE Conference

On Tuesday 21st April 2021, 9.00-16.30 CET, COFACE Families Europe will hold an online conference for its members and EU stakeholders on building a caring economy which works for families and children, especially important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic during which families acted as the main social safety net.

The event will start with a reality-check of the new needs of families of today in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, followed by a discussion on the social and environmental sustainability of the current economic system, and will try to trigger actions to sustainably reduce social inequalities, building an economy that works for society.

Taking a holistic economic and societal approach, using the Doughnut economics model as a starting point, participants will look at three key dimensions of the economy: households, the market, and the State. The discussions and proposals will serve to build key COFACE recommendations for EU and national policy-makers to unlock new thinking for a more social, environmental and economic future.


Welcome address & Presentation of COFACE-Families Europe’s work in the field of economics
Session 1: Households: family associations’ role and perspective in the aftermath of COVID-19
Session 2: Market: making the economic environment more sustainable
Session 3: State and local administrations: Policy leadership of public administration in reducing inequalities
The world in 2042: an inspirational tale from the future

Conclusions and recommendations

The conference will be held in English.




COFACE Families Europe is a European network of civil society associations representing the interests of families (all types, without discrimination). COFACE’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, and also protection of children online, privacy, data protection and reflections on technological developments and how they may impact families. More:

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