The 34th EUFASA (European Union Foreign Affairs Spouses, Partners and Families Association) conference took place in Tallinn from 13-15 May 2018. The conference was organised by the Families Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
The conference was opened by Foreign Minister Sven Mikser who emphasised the role of EUFASA in raising awareness on challenges related to foreign service and finding solutions to these challenges. “I am delighted that at today’s conference, organised by the Estonian Families Association in Tallinn, we have the opportunity to address matters that affect the family members of diplomats, for example social security, employment opportunities, education and the rights of children,” Mikser said.
Among other topics, the representative of the Czech Republic introduced the Czech Foreign Service Law which, for example, names the parents of a diplomat or the parents of a spouse as accompanying family members who receive the same social guarantees. The conference emphasised the importance of foreign ministry support organisations in preparing for foreign service.
In addition to the conference, a parallel session for the family officers was organised where Undersecretary Annely Kolk gave an overview of the Estonian Foreign Service Act which has served as a model for many EU Member States.
The conference was attended by family associations from 18 European countries, family officers from four foreign ministries and observers from embassies situated in Tallinn. Altogether, more than 50 people attended the event.
The next EUFASA conference will take place in London in spring 2019.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs