We have received the following call:
On 25 and 26 March 2010, the Heads of State or Government of the Member
States, together with its President and the President of the Commission,
will meet for their first meeting as ”European Council” since the entry into
force of the Lisbon Treaty. The European Council will be invited to agree on
the general framework of the Union’s new strategy for jobs and growth. It
will examine efforts by the EU and its Member States to tackle the current
economic crisis in view of the implementation of coordinated exit strategies
EU Commission published a communication ”Europe 2020: a new economic
strategy”: http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020/ which serves as ”handout” for the
*The EP Intergroup on the Family would like to address the EU Council before
its meeting to highlight the importance of ”family mainstreaming”
(respecting the respective competencies between the EU and the Member
States) to ensure that the upcoming strategies for the next decade will make
the EU fitter for the future thanks to a family friendly environment, strong
families and solidarity between generations.*
*Would you be so kind and send me as soon as possible two key ideas which
should be mentioned in this letter to the EU Council?*
I would also invite you and your national associations to contact your
national Head of State and of Government to communicate your positions for a
family friendly European Union.
Kindest regards and thanks
And we have answered:
Dear Ms Anna Zaborska,
Your request for two key ideas aiming at making ”the EU fitter for the future thanks to a family friendly environment, strong families and solidarity between generations” sounds very exotic and far away for us Swedish families, which for decades have been victims of a completely opposite ”family unfriendly” policy in Sweden.
In Sweden, the socialist ”family” policy since the late 60-ies has been aimed att breaking down traditional family functions and creating the socialist Utopia of having all men and women working outside their homes always and the children cared for and collectivistically educated by the ”strong society”.
This policy has resulted in today´s situation, where some 85% of the children are cared for in almost free public daycare. Where taxes are so high – around 60% of the value of a low-mid income wage earner´s work will go to various open and hidden taxes (A book called Till 40% free, by Gidehag & Bergström alludes to the 60% mentioned). No consideration is taken by the tax-system to the cost of supporting a family and children. There are bonuses and subsidies which are more favourable if a couple is not married etc. We Swedes are heavily taxed as if we were all super-rich bachelors. Only if we behave as the system demands, can we reach an acceptable standard of living with two wages and almost the full cost of caring for the children subsidized.
The traditional family, which cares for 2-3 children at home, will not get the second wage, nor the subsidies for child-care which are as big as a full-time salary, although that family produces as much value to the society as does the family mentioned above (as per the official report SOU 79:89, Petra Lantz). The discrimination of this second family over a period of 8-10 years thus totals some 3-4 million SEK – or 300 – 400 000 Euros.
The new government, coming into power 2006, has not changed this policy of hard, political steering (by British sociologist Patricia Morgan compared to the situation in the Sovjet Union in her book Family policy, family changes, Sweden, Italy and Britain compared – see enclosure). Only a small ease has been provided in allowing municipalities to decide to issue a small care-allowance for a limited time instead of fully subsidized public child-care. Thus the mentioned ”value of discrimination” may, in some places, be reduced by some 5%.
Reasons for not changing the socialist family policy is said to be that most Swedes are adapted to, and depending of the system. However, liberal values have been lost also in the said liberal parties during decades of propaganda.
Thus, KEY-IDEA 1,
Is – to make it clear – that some EU-countries, particularly Sweden and Denmark, do not share the goal set up, or the idea that EU will be fitter ”thanks to a family friendly environment, strong families and solidarity between generations” – ON THE CONTRARY.
Now – if we Swedes through this hard Sovjet-type political steering are forced to work in proper jobs almost always and have done that during many years, then our standard of living should be much higher than in comparable countries, where parents are freer to care for their own children. 2 x 40 hours of job (as worked by a family in Sweden) should produce much more resources and wealth than a family which produces only 1 x 37,5 hours of external work.
However, in the league of wealth among nations, Sweden has steadily slipped down from a top position at the end of the 60-ies to a mediocre position.
Thus, KEY-IDEA 2,
Is – to make it clear that heavily subsidized or forced upon public child-care does not improve a nation´s wealth – ON THE CONTRARY, as is clearly shown by Sweden.
Now – there are a number of weak protest organizations against Swedish totalitarian family policy listed below. The organizations are weak due to the fact that members are normally deprived of their resources by the mentioned system. They are also heavily subdued by a hefty propaganda over decades with Big Brother language and slogans like JÄMSTÄLLDHET (EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN), that market economy freedom of choice is a negative KVINNOFÄLLA (women trap). Negative facts around the totalitarian family policy – such as youth violence, impossible learning situations, weak attachment to parents and teachers, health etc. are swept under the carpet by the Nomenclatura in politics and media (heavily infiltrated by leftists as shown in statistics from universities of journalism) of our country.
We enclose the chapter on Sweden by Patricia Morgan, a few articles of my own and other protesters and herewith point at some web-sites of some protest organizations in our country:
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification, or support of our statements etc.
member of the boards of Föreningen för barnens rätt till föräldrarnas tid (Barnensratt) and Familjekampanjen (The Family Campaign Foundation of Sweden)