Time for Children. Towards a Family Friendly Society. Riga, Latvia, 9th – 10th August, 2018.

August 9, 2018

10:00-10:30. Opening speeches

The Patron of the Forum - Maris Kucinskis, The Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia.
Inara Murniece, the Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia.

Jiri Ratass - The Prime Minister of Estonia (video speech).
Musical performance.

10:30-13:00. Session 1: European values in the context of the demographic crisis

1) Demographical situation in Europe: Ilmars Mezs, The Head of The International Organization for Migration Latvia Office (see the presentation here)
2) Possible EU policy for beneficial demographic trends.
Multi-Annual Financial Framework for EU and its priorities post-2020: Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, Vice-President of European Parliament.
3) The impact of macroeconomic factors on family size: Fabrizio Zilibotti, Tuntex Professor of Economics of Yale University (see the presentation here).
4) Are low birth rates in Europe solely an economical problem? How to strengthen the family with children as the core value guaranteeing the future of the western community? László Márki, Honorary President of European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC).

14:00-17:30. Session 2: The discussion panel of the industry ministries

Most effective instruments of family support policy
1) Latvia - Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development;
2) Hungary - Katalin Novak, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs (see the presentation here);
3) Poland - Elżbieta Bojanowska, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy (see the presentation here);
4) Slovenia - Andrej Del Fabro, generalni director of Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (see the presentation here);
5) Czech Republic - Jitka Hošťálková, senior expert of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (see the presentation here);
6) Finland - Viveca Arrhenius, Ministerial Counsellor for Ministry of Family Affairs and Social Services;
7) Estonia - Pirju Turk, Head of Family Policy, Department of Children and Families, Ministry of Social Affairs (see the presentation here);

8) Norway - Lene Buer Blomqvist, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Children and Equality (see the presentation here);
9) Sweden - Niclas Jacobson – Director General, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (see the presentation here);
10) Lithuania -– Rasa Žemaite - Strategic planning, monitoring and communication of Ministry of Social Security and Labour (see the presentation here).

18:30 – 23:00. Evening Reception

Open-air festivity at Kalnciema Quarter.

August 10, 2018

10:00-13:00. Working groups

Working groups:
Work on recommendation platform for most effective family support policy for European countries consisting of:
Health care guarantees for children and parents; education and responsibility increase of parents, strengthening of family values (see the presentation here):
Moderators: Liz Gosme, Director of COFACE Families Europe, Linda Matere
-   Contribution of obstetrics and gynecology to the healthy demography – Vija Veisa, President of Association of gynecologists and obstetricians in Latvia (see the presentation here);
-   Healthy family psycho-emotional development - N.Bezborodov - the head of Children's Psychiatric Clinic (see the presentation here); 
-   The role of the family in the child's health – L.Dambina, The Head of the Board of The Children's Hospital Foundation (see the presentation here);
-   How to strengthen the value of the child and the family at a national level? - Prof. Z.Krasnodębski, Vice_President of EP;
-   Social campaigns and the involvement of the non-governmental sector in strengthening family values – Otto Ozols, publicist.


Balance of parental engagement & Daycare services:
Moderators: Eija Koivuranta, Nita Jirgensone (see the presentation here)
-   Brief insight into the proposal for a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers – Ministry of Welfare of Latvia (see the presentation here);
-   Contribution of social partners to promote WORK-LIFE BALANCE (presentations of Employers’ Confederation and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia;
-   Family friendly working conditions – Eija Koivuranta, Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland (see the presentation here); 

-   On the way to the desired childcare model in Latvia – N.Jirgensone, Advisor of “Centre for Demographic Affairs”;
-   Municipality-supported nanny movement in Latvia – Ķekava (see the presentation in latvian language);

-   Scandinavian approach in Latvia’s kindergartens – Daina Kājiņa, Head of the Private Pre-school Association in Latvia (see the presentation in latvian language);
-   System to develop skills of children – Elīna Egle, FasTracKids (see the presentation here);
-   Norwegian approach to kindergartens – L.Buer-Blomqvist, Norway (see the presentation here);
-   Kindergarten model in Finland – Lassi, Koppa, Vaestoliitto (see the presentation here).


Financial benefits; housing support; children and future pension size (see the presetation here):
Moderators: Axelle Devaux, Edmunds Valantis
-   Recommendations of the European Commission for investing in children - evidence-based approach for policy-making– Axelle Devaux, Deputy Head and Senior Analyst of RAND EUROPE Brussels Office;
-   Financial benefits for families in France – Z.Lescinska, Etablissement public territorial “Paris Terres d’Envol” (see the presentation here);
-   On the way to the desired family benefit system in Latvia – Imants Paradnieks, Chairman of “Centre for Demographic Affairs”, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (see the presentation in latvian language);
-   Spain pension system supporting motherhood – Raul Sanchez Flores, Secretary General of The European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) (see the presentation here);
-   Pension initiatives to link pensions to child tax payments in Latvia – Jana Muizniece, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Welfare of Latvia (see the presentation in latvian language);
-   Housing guarantee program for families with children ALTUM – Edmunds Valantis, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Economics of Latvia (see the presentation in latvian language);
-   Family housing subsidy in Hungary – Katalin Kardosne Gyurko, President of national Association of Large Families in Hungary (see the presentation here);
„3+ loyalty cards” – Association of Large Families „Three Plus” in Poland (see the presentation here);

-   Joanna Krupska, the president of Union of Big Families "Three Plus";
-   “Honorary Family Card” in Latvia and its perspectives,
-   Project of European Large Family Card - Raul Sanchez Flores, Secretary General of ELFAC.


Family friendly municipality - off-site work group (see the presentation in latvian language): 

Moderator: Raivis Bremsmits
-   Positive competition opportunities for municipalities – Raivis Bremsmits, Director of Regional Policy Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD), Latvia;
-   Website for the combined information on family support services in all municipalities www.vietagimenei.lv – Ilze Varpina, Senior Expert of Regional Policy Department of MEPRD, Latvia;

-   National competition “Family friendly municipality” in Latvia - Jevgenija Butnicka, Deputy Director of Regional Policy Department (see the presentation in latvian language);
-   family friendly municipality movement in Italy – Luciano Malfer, Mayor of Trentino, Italy (see the presentation here),  
-   ELFAC initiative on Family friendly municipality network in Europe – Regina Maroncelli, the President of ELFAC (see the presentation here);
-   Remigration support for families returning to Latvia – Kristīne Smilga, regional remigration coordinator.

14:00-15:00. Closing session

Co-decisions of the forum members.
Speech of Kaspars Gerhards, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.
Musical performance.