XXXI EUFASA CONFERENCE, RIGA, MARCH 2015 FORGING THE FUTURE
The XXXI EUFASA Conference took place in Riga, Latvia on the 23rd and 24th March 2015. 41 delegates from 23 EUFASA member states represented their Associations. By the invitation of the Latvian Chair, Family Officers (FO) from EUFASA delegate countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs were invited to take part in the conference for the first time. FO from Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Spain and Sweden participated. German FO represent by a spouse from the German Embassy in Latvia. 9 Observers from European Embassies in Riga attended the conference. The Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the Hon. Edgars Rinkēvičs, opened the conference.
WELCOME address by H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
TOPIC 1. EUFASA WELCOME TEAM – EWT Co-cordinators: Portugal and Germany. Members: Estonia, Italy, The Netherlands and Poland.
“Survey about members’ experiences when arriving in new posts abroad”
Report of the EUFASA Welcome Team Working Group
Results of the Survey on the “EUFASA Welcome Team – PowerPoint Presentation
Report on the Italian Pilot Project for the Diplomatic Families Virtual Community – Italy
TOPIC 2. EUFASA WORK AND EMPLOYMENT – EWE
Co-ordinator: Switzerland. Members: Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
DUAL CAREER Initiatives
Sub-topics: The FDFA Dual Career project – Switzerland
Double Postings – France
EUFASA JOBS PLATFORM
Sub-topics: EUFASA Jobs Platform Initiative – Switzerland
Negotiations with the Austrian MFA – Austria AP SSS – Accompanying Persons Social Security System Sub-topics: Swiss Basic Old Pension and Invalidity on private basis and Swiss Unemployment and Social Welfare – Switzerland
SSS AP Testimonies for self-employed – France
Professional Mobility and Networking with LESA – Ireland
Presentation of the “EUFASA Work and Employment Permanent Working Group”
TOPIC 3. EUFASA THINK TANK – ETT
Co-ordinator: EEAS/EUFN. Members: Belgium, France, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
FORGING THE FUTURE
Legal aspects of Association’s incorporation – EEAS/EUFN
Achievements: The Future of EUFASA – EEAS/EUFN
Know How: The Diplomatic Service Family Association – United Kingdom
Co-ordinator: France. Member: The Netherlands. Social and Economic Implications of Death, Disability and Divorce The questionnaire: “Measures to compensate survivors: Measures taken by MFAs to compensate and support spouses / partners and their dependents in the event of death of officer on posting.” The subject researched at EUFASA Conference in Lisbon in 2000
CONTEMPORARY DIPLOMATIC SPOUSES & PARTNERS – ECDS&P
Co-ordinators: Austria and Switzerland. Members: Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain.
FDFA Accompanying Persons Policy – Switzerland
Presentation of “EUFASA Contemporary Diplomatic Spouses & Partners”
Building the Bridges
Mrs. Zanda Grauze, Director of the Personnel Department, MFA meeting with FO – duties; collaboration with MFA Spouses’ Association; recommendations.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS TO THE XXXI EUFASA CONFERENCE:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, EEAS/EUFN, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Guests from Slovakia and Turkey were present at the Conference.
Coach and Expert on Intercultural Communication, Mrs. Linda Hoeben, Belgium PRESENTATION: “What The Fire Remembers – A talk about people on the move and their need for real contact”.
Judge of the Constitutional Court of Latvia, Professor of International Law at the Riga Graduate School of Law, former Judge and President of Section of the European Court of Human Rights PhD (Cantab.), Mrs. Ineta Ziemele. PRESENTATION: “The Many Roles of Diplomatic Spouses: Spouses as Active Participants in a Civil Society of the Sending State”.
The EUFASA delegates’ thank you to the Latvian Team presented at the end of the Riga Conference: Flipagram “RIGA – Latvia”
The Latvian Foreign Service Family Association / Latvijas Ārlietu dienesta darbinieku ģimeņu asociācija (LĀDDĢA) hosted the XXXI EUFASA Conference in Riga thanks to the generous support of:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991
Royal Embassy of Belgium in Riga
European Commission Representation in Latvia