About us

About us

Supporting an inclusive model of social innovation accessible by all European citizens through home employment.

Our mission

Founded in 2012, the European Federation for Family Employment and Home Care (EFFE) represents employers and employees from the direct home employment sector. It includes on the one hand the care side (childcare, elderly, disabled people…) and one the other side the non-care side (cleaning, daily help…). Home employment provides and efficient response to the reconciliation of work and family life by giving European families the possibility to entrust declared and paid domestic workers with daily and care tasks. If well-structured and supported, it also provides realistic solutions to women’s overwork situations and avoids their partial or total disengagement from the labour market. Considering demographic trends and the growing need for skilled workers in the coming years, home employment will enable the creation of many valuable, local and high-quality jobs, without any profit objective.

Undeclared work is of course the main issue of this sector. Among the 18 million domestic workers identified within the EU, around 10 million are not legally declared. Women are mostly in charge of those jobs and do neither benefit from social rights nor decent working conditions or professionalisation prospects. These are the reasons why we are committed to fostering the recognition of this sector and its related issues by the European Institutions.

Our goals are the following:

Our team
Marie Béatrice Levaux
Andréa Zini
Vice president

Karmele Acedo
General Secretary
Aude Boisseuil
General Delegate
Nicolas Defaye
Policy Officer

Our members

Fepem is a socio occupational organisation committed to representing and promoting the direct home employment sector in France. It gathers around four million individual employers in France.
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Assindatcolf is an Italian association which provides domestic employers administrative support services, as well as employer-employee contact.
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IPERIA l’Institut is the expert of family employment’s professionnalisation, mandated by professional branches of domestic employees and maternal assistants to create and develop a training offer and professionnalisation tools.
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Grupo SSI is a Spanish cooperative Cooperative for domestic and personal care services from the Basque Country, which has privileged contact with the public administration and regional employment services.
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The French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC) is one of the five major French confederations of trade unions.
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La Fédération Générale des Travailleurs de l’Agriculture, de l’alimentation, des tabacs et des services annexes – Forces ouvrières is one of the five major French confederations of trade unions. It gathers trade unions representing the following sectors: craft food production, agriculture, food processing, mass distribution, hotels and catering industry, personal services, hairdressing and aesthetics in France.
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The IRCEM Group is a social protection group for home and personal services employment, family employees, employers and retirees in this sector of activity in France.
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This occupational trade union aims to protect the rights and interests of maternal and family assistants employed by a household, a nursery or specialized services dedicated to child welfare.
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From November 2016 to October 2019, EFFE was part of a consortium of 11 partners within the framework of the Erasmus + Sector Skills Alliances. The PRODOME project aimed to contribute to the recognition and professionalisation of domestic workers in Europe.
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EFFE has been part of the European project Ad-PHS (Advancing Personal and Household Services) since December 2018. The objective of the project is to lead to the creation of a platform gathering relevant PHS stakeholders at European level. This platform will become the unique contact point to support and advice public authorities in the development of PHS policies.
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