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Breakfast meeting, SMEs and Family Welfare: a challenge for the future of Europe

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 08:00 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 09:30
Where: Member's Salon, European Parliament, Brussels

This event is hosted by: MEP Lukas Mandl, EPP, Austria 
Contributing to the debate: MEP Helmut Geuking, ECPM member, ECR, Germany

According to a white paper prepared by a joint group of researchers with the support of the Sallux Foundation “Short-terminism is destroying values in our economy (Martin, 2015) and is undermining efforts to implement sustainable development policies (Lehner et al. 2016). Families have always trained their members to reach out for the long-term perspective, to think about in terms of generations cycles and to foresee beyond one’s own life horizon. Family firms are notoriously more prone to plan for the long-term business sustainability and this has in turn proven to coincide with higher economic performance (Anderson and Reeb, 2003; Sraer and Thesmar, 2007; Breton-Miller et al. 2006). On the other hand, there exists evidence that family troubles and brake-downs predict both higher risk taking and higher future time discounting (Hill et al 2008) in children”.

This breakfast meeting is built on these foundations, from the specific perspective of SMEs and with a focus on corporate welfare services, which can be considered as a new form of compensation, convenient for enterprises, for employees and for the society at large.
Nevertheless, these services are often unaffordable for SMEs and represent a real burden on a short-term economic perspective. Here is where public policies and the sharing of best practices at the EU level can offer solutions: in the midst of a concerning demographic change, this exchange becomes fundamental for the future of our Continent.  Two days after the start of the new European Commission, this is an excellent occasion to speak with clarity about these concrete challenges.  

The exchange of views is organized by the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) and is hosted by Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl. Following the introductory remarks by FAFCE President Vincenzo Bassi, Paul Dembinski, Polish economist and professor at the University of Freiburg, will take the floor and give insights into the current situation.

Contributing to the debate will be MEPs Helmut Geuking, ECPM member representing Germany in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group; Clotilde Armand representing  Romania within the "Renew Europe" party, Patrizia Toia representing Italy within the "Socialists and Democrats" party and a representative from the European Commission.

Registrations for this event close on January the 15th!

To sign up and see the full programme, please, send an e-mail to the e-mail address given in the link below: 


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