This afternoon, in my capacity as MEP, I attended the FAFCE Policy Briefing entitled “The family at the centre of the economy: the way out of the crisis.”

FAFCE (the Federation of Catholic Associations in Europe), organises regular events on family, religious freedom and social policies and as a practising Christian, I do my best to support these causes.

This policy briefing introduced the idea that the economy is more than just the markets; it’s about homes and families. Further, families don’t just have the function of consuming in society, but also producing and investing.

I’ve always subscribed to the belief that the family is the most important unit in society and governments should recognise the economical, social and cultural benefits of families in society, when considering policy.

I had an enjoyable time meeting my Catholic friends and learning more about the important work that COMECE is doing in promoting family values.