BERLIN 2020

 

ONLINE REVIEW SUMMARY

Due to the pandemic, the conference could not be held in Berlin as planned. In spring the conference was postponed until autumn 2020. On the 18th of May the Steering Committee decided to organise an online review to enable the Working Groups to present their achievements which they have been working on during the past year. In late May the German authorities decided to cancel all large events for year, 2020, thus EUFASA decided to organise a second online review on 8th July. Issues pertaining to the operation of EUFASA were approved by electronic vote.

 

WORKING GROUP REPORTS:

Working Group: Legal Matters
Co-chair:  Spain, Switzerland
Members: Austria, Belgium, EU, France, Italy, Portugal
Update on the following projects:
– EUFASA Registration as NGO
– Declaration of the Rights of Foreign Service Families
– Mandate for an update of the current EUFASA Guidelines

Working Group: Third Culture Kids (TCK)
Chair: Switzerland
Members: Austria, Portugal, Spain, UK
Update on the following projects:
– Survey Report
– TCK Handbook
– Education Survey

Working Group: Partnership Issues
Chair: Ireland
Members: Austria, Czechia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, UK
Update on the following projects:
Review the results of EUFASA questionnaire on MFA policies related to employment and the role of diplomatic partners in mental health.
NB: It has been provisionally agreed that this working group will be transformed to the newly established EUFASA Research Department which will be officially launched/voted at the Lisbon Conference.

Working Group: United Security Council Regulation (UNSCR) 1325
Chair: Italy
Members: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain
Update on the following projects:
– The important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction
– The importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security
– Take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.

Working Group: Work & Employment
Co-chair:  EU, Germany
Members: Finland, Ireland, Italy, UK
Update on the following projects:
– Obtain overview of pension rights for partners in EUFASA member countries
– Use this overview to lobby individual MFAs for better pension rights for partners