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24.04.13 Round table debate on Grandparents as carers - Trends and support services in Europe

Organised by Eurochild and AGE Platform Europe prior to the European Day of Solidarity between Generations

On Wednesday 24 April 2013 Eurochild and AGE Platform Europe organised a round table debate on "Grandparents as carers - Trends and support services in Europe", preceding the European Day of Solidarity between Generations.

The event took place in the European Parliament and was hosted by Austrian MEP K. Heinz Becker.

In the context of its Thematic Working Group on Family and Parenting Support (FPS) and as part of its contribution to the work carried by the EY2012 NGOs Coalition, Eurochild conducted in 2012 an on-line survey on the contribution of grandparents to families across Europe. A wide range of NGOs got involved in producing this scoping study.

The study gives an overview of family policies with relevance to grandparents across EU countries and identifies key policies that recognise grandparent care and support, and which strengthen the extended families from children’s perspective.

The report also profiles what Eurochild's members and partners are doing in relation to support grandparents, and gather some useful evidence on the services offered to them.

This event launched the results of that study and its policy recommendations. We engaged experts and policy makers in a debate on the follow-up work by the EU.


Click here to download the Roundtable Meeting Notes.

Click here to download the Programme.

Click here to find out more about the report "Grandparents as Careres".


Click here to view some photos from the event.

Article in 'New Europe': "NGO calls for recognition of grandparents’ care role"

For more information, contact Eurochild Policy Officer Agata D'Addato at


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