This is the Citizens’ Committee that has submitted to the European Commission the official request to register the European Citizens’ Intitiative MUM, DAD & KIDS:
Edit Frivaldszky (Hungary), President and official Representative. Edit lives and works in Hungary, and is the director of the Human Dignity Center, a non-profit organization for the protection of family and life. Her international work began with the One of Us European Citizens’ Initiative for the protection of embryonic life. In 2013 she received the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit for her pro-life activities. She is married, and has three young daughters.
Roger Kiska (Slovakia), Vice-President and deputy Representative, serves as senior counsel and deputy director of ADF International in Vienna, Austria. He specializes in international litigation with a focus on European law and has developed the ADF International allied attorney network in Europe. Prior to joining ADF, Kiska served as legal counsel at the European Center for Law and Justice. After earning his J.D. at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kiska began his legal career in the Slovak Republic as an attorney. He is admitted to the state bar of Michigan and also passed the Solicitor’s Bar examinations for the United Kingdom.
Maria Hildingsson (Sweden) studied French at the University of Aix en Provence (France); international relations, defense policy and strategy at the École des Hautes Études Internationales in Paris (France). Since 2009 she has been the Secretary General of the Federation of Catholic Family Organisations in Europe (FAFCE), based in Brussels. She is married and lives in Brussels.
Aleksander Stępkowski (Poland) is Professor at the Chair of History of Political and Legal Thought (Law Faulty of the University of Warsaw). He is the Founder and Director of the Ordo Juris Institute for Legal Culture. His research activity concentrates on private and public comparative law and the interrelations between the philosophy and legal culture.
Željka Markić (Croatia) worked as a reporter in 1991-92 for the Croatian Television, then for broadcasters of BBC, NBC and RAI II, and as editor of the daily news on Nova TV from 2004 to 2007. From 1992-94 she worked as an associate for Human Rights Watch (Helsinki). She worked on the collection of testimonies of Croats who have survived Serbian concentration camps. She was the President of the GROZD (Voice of Parents for Children), founder of the Croatian Mary’s Meals (which feeds more than 700,000 children in the poorest parts of the world) and, together with her husband, coordinator of the International Federation for Family Development. She was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Citizens’ Initiative „In the name of the Family” which collected and submitted to the Croatian Parliament 749,316 signatures for a referendum on marriage.
Paul Moynan (UK) is the Director of the Brussels-based NGO Care for Europe.
Ludovine de La Rochère (France) is a mother of four children. She was in charge of the communication of different French institutions. She is the President of La Manif Pour Tous, the French popular movement she co-founded in 2013 to lead the opposition against the re-definition of marriage and the legalization of IVF “without father” and surrogacy. She is also the President of Europe for Family and Vice-President of No Maternity Traffic.
Grégor Puppinck (France) is the Director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) and a renowned human rights expert. He was the President of the citizens’ committee of One of Us, the most successful of all European Citizens’ Initiatives so far.
José Manuel Veiga de Macedo (Portugal) pursued a career in public administration, including from 1981 – 1984 as Director of the President’s Office of the Conselho Nacional do Plano (National Economic and Social Council) and from 1985 – 1986 as Director of the Prime Minister’s Office. He was Member of the Board and Executive Director of Tabaqueira (Tobacco State Industry), of Radio-Televisão Portuguesa ( Portuguese National Television), of Instituto de Seguros de Portugal (Portuguese Assurance Authority), of Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda (National Mint and State Publishing House) and Executive Vice-President of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (National Lotteries and Charity Activities), President of the Comissão de Fiscalização da EPAL ( Supervisory Board of State Water System Company) and of Conselho Fiscal da Tecnocel ( Supervisory Board of Engineering Research Company in the Paper Industry), Member of the Board of Sociedade Portuguesa de Leasing and of EID ( Development of Technology). He was Executive Director of the Banco Comercial Português and a Member of the Board of the EBRD – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He currently serves as Member of the Board and Executive Director of the Foundation “AJB – A Junção do Bem”.
Robert Spaemann (Germany), born 1927, is a retired professor for Philosophy, widely known for his work in bioethics, ecology, and human rights. Spaemann studied at the University of Münster, where, in 1962, he was awarded his Habilitation. He was Professor of Philosophy at the Universities of Stuttgart (until 1968), Heidelberg (until 1972), and Munich, where he worked until he retired in 1992. He is also Honorary Professor at Salzburg University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Lublin in 2012. Spaemann’s two most important works are Glück und Wohlwollen (Happiness and Benevolence, 1989) and Personen (Persons – The Difference between Someone and Something, 1996). In Happiness and Benevolence, Spaemann sets forth a thesis that happiness is derived from benevolent acting: that we are created by God as social beings to help one another find truth and meaning in an often confused and disordered world.
“The paradigm of acting from benevolence is any action by which we come to the help of human life which requires this help…only when we are helped do we learn to help ourselves, that is, to enter into that indirect relationship with ourselves which is constitutive of for all rationality which is not strictly instrumental, [and instead] constitutive for all ethical practice.”