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The European Network "Family and Work" continued its work under the
co-ordination of Professor Dr. Michel E. Domsch and Dr. Désirée H.
Ladwig and with the support of Eliane Tenten (co-ordination assistant)
and Jo-Annet Kriedel (secretary) who has been replaced by Ellen Rothe
since April 2000.
The following final report gives an overview of the Network activities
in 1999-2000 and finalises the project EU Network "Family and Work".
The Enclosures illustrate the scope of Network activities in detail.
2. International activities/co-ordination in 1999-2000
2.1. EU co-ordination and contacts
The work of the Network has been presented by the co-ordinators at
a number of seminars/conferences and several presentations have been
made on Network topics (in addition to the Network national seminars
and the experts' meeting):
Research and institutions
|5/6 February 1999
||Participation in the conference "European Human Resource
Management" in Barcelona held by ESADE (Business School)
|12 February 1999
|| Participation in the Colloquium on "Human Resource
Management" at the University of Potsdam, Germany
|12-30 April 1999
||Several presentations including "Working time flexibility",
"Culture training and development" and "Social Auditing" were presented
in Hamburg at the University of the United Armed Forces within the
framework of the European University Network "Master Programme in
European Human Resource Management".
|16 April 1999
||The co-ordinators attended the Forum on "Work Time
Flexibility" organised within the framework of TOP 1999 (nation-wide
women's fair presenting initiatives and institutions which promote
equal opportunities in industry and society) and gave a presentation
on this topic.
|18-20 April 1999
||The co-ordinators presented the Network at the Château
D'esclimont "Global Forum on Family and Work" near Paris.
|2 September 1999
||Presentation on "European Human Resource Management"
at the Copenhagen Business School.
|28 January 2000
||EM Lyon (Business School)
|3 May 2000
||Participation in the conference "European Human Resource
Management" in Barcelona held by ESADE (Business School)
|8 May 2000
||Master programme in European Resource Management,
|5 May 2000
||Discussion with representatives of the Business School,
Copenhagen, in Hamburg
||Presentation of the Network at the Vlerick Leuven
Management School, Ghent
|10 February 1999
||Participation in the forum organised by the Norddeutsche
Landesbank in Hanover. The presentation was about "Working time
|04 November 1999
||Presentation on Mobiletime for Managers and Professionals,
part of the WorkLife Concept, at the Mobilzeit Forum in Hamburg.
|23 November 1999
||Presentation on European Social Audits and Work Time
Flexibility during the international seminar "Women Empowerment
and Employment" with women from South-Africa at the Dräger Forum,
|17 March 1999
||Participation in the Forum "Praxis-Wissenschaft" ("Experiences-science")
organised in Hamburg by the Chamber of Commerce. The presentation
was on "Social Surveys".
||Discussion with companies which are members of the
Mobilzeit Forum (Flexitime Forum) (14)
||Discussion with companies which are members of the
project group Mitarbeiterbefragung (Employees' Survey) (10)
|18 February 2000
||Glaxo Wellcome GmbH & Co , Hamburg
|24 March 2000
||Frankfurter Gesellschaft, Munich
|9 May 2000
||Johnson & Johnson, Hamburg
|13 May 2000
||ASCHE AG, Hamburg
|23 June 2000
||Vorwerk GmbH, Wuppertal
||Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt
|18 March 1999
||Participation in the conference organised by the Federal
Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) on
the topic "Equal opportunities in a family-friendly working world
- Social auditing in Europe".
|15 November 1999
||Professor Domsch gave a speech on Equal Opportunities
in Rendsburg (Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women
and Youth (BMFSFJ)).
|17 May 2000
||Discussion with representatives of the Ministry of
Justice of the Netherlands in Hamburg
|25 May 2000
||Ministry of Culture, Youth, Family and Women, Rhineland-
|01/02 November 1999
||Presentation on the Network and Work Time Flexibility
at the Gustav Stresemann Foundation in Bonn.
|3 February 2000
|4 April 2000
|13 April 2000
|| Total E-Quality e.V.
|31 May 2000
||Tokyo IRA (International Industrial Relations Association)
12th World Congress
Contacts with other institutions
- Professor Dr. Michel E. Domsch and Dr. Désirée H.
Ladwig attended the first "Global Forum on Family and Work" held at
the Château D'esclimont near Paris on 18-21 April 1999. This meeting,
sponsored by IBM, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Marriott, Chase,
and Citigroup, is the first step in a project that will form an International
Work/Family Network. The Families and Work Institute, The Boston College
Centre for Work & Family and the Centre for Corporate Community relations
are taking the lead in organising this effort. 45 experts from 14
countries participated in the meeting.
- The Network was presented by the co-ordinators at this Forum. A
lot of contacts were made. The co-ordinators have integrated all the
addresses in the Network address/experts list.
- In connection with organising the experts' meeting - "Eastern European
countries - Reconciliation of Family and Work" - in Brussels on 02
June 1999 the co-ordinators contacted several international Ministries,
universities and institutions such as the:
- Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Div. of Equality
for Men and Women
- Czech Women's Union
- Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, UNDP (Project "Promotion
of Gender Equality Mainstreaming)
- Estonian Institute of International and Social Studies, Department
of Family Sociology, Tallinn
- Hungarian Ministry of Social Policy and Family Affairs, Office
for Women's Issues Hungarian National Institute of Family and
- Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Department of Labour
- Polish UNESCO Chair "Women, Society, Development"
- Slovenian Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
- and others
- The co-ordinators are now members of the newsgroup European Industrial
Relations Observatory (EIRO) of the European Foundation for the Improvement
of Living and Working Conditions and the Work-Family Researchers Electronic
Network supported by the Sloan Foundation.
2.2. Network Experts' Co-ordination
National experts (see Enclosure 4.1)
Compared with 1998, several changes took place. The Network consisted
of 15 national experts in 1999-2000. Professor Dr. Inés Alberdi (Spain),
Michael Barry/Pat Rooney (Ireland) and Monique Borsenberger (Luxembourg)
replaced Miguel Yáguez, Patricia Brand and Nico Hoffmann. Margaret
Ohren (United Kingdom) left the Network and New Ways to Work. Michael
Barry left the Network at the end of 1999 due to his workload and
was replaced by Pat Rooney.
- Mrs. Alberdi is Professor of Sociology at Madrid University.
She has wide-ranging experience in both academic and non-academic
work in the field of women's studies and equal opportunities. Among
other activities in this field, she has been Associate Researcher
at the George Washington university, Spanish expert for the European
Equal Opportunities Unit on Positive Action, Senior Advisor for Women
in Development at the Interamerican Bank, Washington D.C. and Member
of the Board of the United Nations International Research and Training
Institute for the Advancement of Women.
- Mr. Michael Barry is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and in
Industrial Relations and a Member of the Governing Body of The National
College of Ireland, Dublin. He has lectured at the College for the
past 19 years and has worked closely with a number of trade unions
and business organisations on issues of equality and the changing
role of men and women in current society. He is a member of the Irish
Institute of Training and Development and has been involved with voluntary
and charitable organisations for many years.
- Pat Rooney is an Executive Officer with the Irish postal
company, An Post. He is currently completing doctoral research at
Trinity College, Dublin, into the issues facing men in organisations.
He is a member of both the Institute of Personnel and Development
and the Irish Institute of Training and Development and has undertaken
associate lecturing and facilitation in the field of gender-conditioning
for a number of Irish colleges/organisations. Pat is also particularly
interested in emerging approaches to inquiry. He has been the national
expert within the Network for 2000 instead of Mr. Michael Barry.
- Ms. Monique Borsenberger is an arts graduate and took a master's
degree in modern languages and a diploma in cross-border Franco-German
studies on "Japanese enterprises in Saarland - Lorraine - Luxembourg".
She is a researcher at the CEPS/ Instead, Research Institute on Population,
Poverty and Social and Economic Policy Luxembourg. She has realised
studies and reports in a comparative perspective on the topic of employment
and unemployment and social security in the cross-border region of
Germany- Belgium - France - Luxembourg and comparative documents on
living and working conditions. She is a member of the European experts'
network EURES (European Employment Services) and of the European Network
"National Family Policy" and represents the Family Ministry at several
workshops for the setting-up and implementation of action plans in
National Seminars (see Enclosure 4.2)
Six national seminars took place in 1999-2000:
2.3 Internal Co-ordination
The co-ordinators prepared the contents of five internal Network meetings,
an experts' meeting and participation in five national seminars. Charts
and handouts were produced for these meetings and the results have
been documented and disseminated.
1st internal Network Meeting
The first internal Network meeting in 1999 took place in Milan, Italy,
on 1 March 1999. Besides discussion of the current topics of the Network,
the Ministers for Equal Opportunities Mr. Roberto Formigoni (President
of Regione Lombardia), Mrs. Elena Gazzola (Regional Department of
Equal Opportunities) and Mrs. Laura Balbo (Minister for Equal Opportunities)
gave presentations. Furthermore, Ms Fauth-Herkner, German national
expert, presented the German Family-Friendly Index. In addition to
selection of the topics to be focussed on in 1998/1999, several other
important topics were discussed. Information on the meeting has been
documented and sent to all the national experts (see Enclosure 4.3).
(Eastern European Countries - Reconciliation of Family and Work)
The experts' meeting was organised and carried out by the co-ordinators
and mrs paraskeva and took place in Brussels on 02 June 1999. Several
social and family Ministries, universities and institutions were contacted
in order to select interesting speakers. It was a very intensive and
fruitful meeting. The results of the meeting have been published in
book form (see 2.6). Professor Michel E. Domsch gave an overview presentation
on the economic, social and demographic situation in the Czech Republic,
Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.
2nd internal Network Meeting
The experts' meeting was followed by an internal Network meeting (02
June). The meeting was prepared and managed by the co-ordinator, Professor
Michel E. Domsch (see Enclosure 4.4).
3rd internal Network Meeting
Another Network meeting was organised in connection with the Italian
national seminar on 20 November 1999.
4th internal Network meeting
The 4th internal Network meeting took place on 10 May 2000 in connection
with the Spanish national seminar on "Family and Work Flexibility"
in Madrid. The meeting was prepared and managed by the co-ordinators
(see Enclosure 4.5).
5th internal Network meeting
The 5th and final internal Network meeting took place in Brussels
on 6 July 2000. The meeting was prepared and managed by the co-ordinators
and Mrs. Paraskeva (see Enclosure 4.6).
The Network received the new contract for 1999 in August. The official
term for the contract in 1999 and 2000 was therefore from 13 August
1999 to 12 August 2000. But the co-ordinators and all the national
experts worked for the Network throughout 1999 so as not to risk any
interruption in the intensive Network activities. Nearly every month
they were given the information "the contract will come soon, don't
worry". At least all the experts and the co-ordination team had to
work for 8 months without pay, due to the contract regulations.
This database, set up to record all the contacts with international
experts and their main focus of research, fields of activities, etc.,
contained about 220 experts by August 2000.
Network Address Database
As publication of the information bulletin has been stopped, the database
has been used as a prolongation of the experts' database and has been
a very important source of information and contacts. By August 2000
it contained 3,987 addresses from 33 countries.
The publications collected on Network topics are still being registered
in our internal literature database (the publications come mainly
from the European Commission, NGOs and national experts). By August
2000 it contained about 800 sources.
Mailing list Discussion Forum
The mailing list or news group set up at the beginning of the year
changed its name to European.Work-Family.Forum at the beginning of
2.4 "New Ways" Information Bulletins
The information bulletin 4/98 "Dual-Earner Families" was published
in 7 languages and disseminated in July 1999. It can be downloaded
on the Network's website.
The publication of further "New Ways" information bulletins was stopped
by the Commission on 20 May 1999. There was no agreement at all about
cancellation of the infobulletin by DG V.
Two issues of the information bulletin had already been fully prepared.
The contents of these two information bulletins concentrate on the
- Information bulletin 1/99: "Family Services & Employment"
- Information bulletin 2/99: "Media Campaigns"
These two information bulletins are available in English on the Internet
Within the framework of Network activities information bulletins
were very useful. Worth mentioning are the positive repercussions
of the infobulletins above all among small and medium-sized enterprises.
2.5 Book "Reconciliation of Family and Work in Eastern
This publication consists mainly of the papers presented at the experts'
meeting in Brussels on 2 June 1999, i.e. "East European countries
- Reconciliation of Family &Work". It also includes information about
the Network and the national experts. It will be published in November
2000 by Peter Lang (eds.), Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Berne, Bruxelles,
New York, Oxford; Wien, ISBN 3-631-36713-9.
2.6 European Best Practices Platform
In January 2000 the Network co-ordinators started to develop a Best
Practices platform as part of a special project within the EU Network.
The aim is to develop a European Market Place to exchange information
and experience from all the EU Member States. With a database (see
Enclosure 4.8), examples of good practice concerning equal opportunities
and the reconciliation of work and family life have been and will
be systematically collected and evaluated.
A form, checklist, guidelines and an example have been elaborated
to be completed by the national experts for each Best Practice they
observe in their own country (see Enclosure 4.7).
The Best Practices data will be part of the activities of the WorkLife
Alliance-BALANCE and will be integrated in the new homepage (www.BALANCE-ewla.de).
The homepage of the EU Network (http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/family-net)
will stay on the server of the European Commission with a link to
the new homepage.
A media campaign will be started at the end of 2000.
According to the contract each expert had to collect approx. 20 Best
Practices. But some national experts had/have difficulties finding
BP particularly BE, GR, LUX. In Spain, for example, enterprises were
reluctant to give information and did not want their Best Practices
The database now contains about 160 Best Practices and the collection
of data will go on within BALANCE.
2.7 European Audit "Work & Life"
A study entitled "Family, Equality and Work" was carried out by the
Network co-ordinators within the framework of the German national
seminar organised by the national expert Ms Fauth-Herkner and a short
version is available on the Internet in English and in German (www.arbeitswelt.de).
Fauth-Herkner&Partner have taken the first steps to develop a European
Work&Life Audit in co-operation with the national experts and the
co-ordinators. The aim is to develop this instrument together with
4-6 European countries within the next two years. This project has
been founded by the Charitable Hertie Foundation. Time schedule: start
in May 2000 and end at the beginning of 2002. The co-ordinator Professor
Michel E. Dosmch is on the Scientific Board of the project. It will
hopefully be organised in co-operation with the Total Equality e.v..
The co-ordination is on the Board of Trustees.(For more information
please see the Minutes of the internal meeting in Madrid on 10 May,
2.8 Website of the Network (europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/family-net)
The contents of the homepage were updated in February 1999, July
1999, December 1999 and June 2000. Numerous links to related organisations
and documents on the results of some national seminars for downloading
have been added in the last few months. The website of the Network
was a very important source of information and contacts. Many people
got in touch with the co-ordinators in this way. Daily we got 3-5
mails with information requests (mainly contacts/experts/literature).
Due to the outstanding contract for 1999 co-ordination work was rather
complicated during the first months of 1999, especially co-operation
with the national experts (who were relying on payment), the organisation
of the Network meeting in Milan and the experts' meeting in Brussels.
Since 8/00 the University of the United German Forces as the contractor
has received only the first tranche of the budget. 3-4 reminders for
each invoice have not been answered. The situation was a mess. This
kind of financial behaviour was unbelievable in the opinion of the
3. Final observations on the work accomplished during
the last three years
See the Minutes of the final internal meeting in Brussels on 6 July
(Enclosure 4.6 )
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