Around sixty million Europeans live in large families, with three or more children.

On 26 September the Autonomous Province of Trento and the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) have organized, with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee, an event dedicated to the presentation of two new European family-friendly initiatives: The European Large Family Card and The European Network of Family-Friendly Municipalities.

The European Large Family Card is a new project launched by ELFAC, an entity that brings together large family associations from twenty-one European countries. The aim of the Card is to facilitate the mobility of large families in Europe. Almost sixty million Europeans living in a large family could benefit from this initiative.
The European Large Family Card will grant large families access to discounts and special offers abroad for hotels, camping, rural houses or apartments, tourist activities, attractions, museums, theme parks, restaurants or public transport. In the country where they reside, large families must instead use their own national card. The offers are designed to be used when the whole family travels for holidays or tourism. The card will have an annual validity and can be requested on the website of ELFAC from November 1, 2018 at the cost of 10 euros per family.

The card has a digital format and can be downloaded on the family members’ smartphones.

 

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Moreover, the first European Network of Family Friendly Municipalities was presented. Drawing on the pioneering experience of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy), currently the Network includes cities in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Hungary. These municipalities will share a database of good practices and will attend various training meetings and visits. The network is committed to developing policies supporting families in order to obtain in two years the European certificate "Family-Friendly Municipality".

 

 

 

 

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