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A new directive on work-life balance [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy podcast]

Written by Nora Milotay (3rd edition),

Hand holding seesaw balancing work and life block objects

Despite significant progress for some social groups in the area of work-life balance, there has been a general trend of decline since 2011, and progress amongst Member States has been uneven. This proposed directive (complemented with non-legislative measures) should lead to the repeal of the existing Framework Agreement on Parental Leave, made binding by Council Directive 2010/18/EU (the Parental Leave Directive). The new directive contains proposals for paternity, parental and carers’ leave.

Stakeholders have been divided over the level of ambition of the proposed measures. Trilogue negotiations started in September 2018, and a provisional agreement among the three institutions was reached after the sixth trilogue meeting, in January 2019. The provisional agreement is less ambitious than the original Commission proposal and the Parliament’s position, which had, in some ways, gone further than the Commission. The text was approved by the Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee in February voted in plenary in April and adopted by the Council in June 2019. Member States have to transpose most of its provisions into national law by August 2022.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU
Committee responsible: Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) COM(2017) 253 of 26.4.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0085(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: David Casa (EPP, Malta)
Shadow rapporteurs: Maria Arena (S&D, Belgium),
Jana Žitňanská (ECR, Slovakia),
Renate Weber (ALDE, Romania),
Tania González Peňas (GUE/NGL, Spain),
Tatjana Ždanoka (Greens/EFA, Latvia),
Miroslavs Mitrofanovs (Greens/EFA, Latvia)
Laura Agea (EFDD, Italy),
Joëlle Mélin (ENF, France)
Procedure completed. Council Directive (EU) 2019/1158
OJ L 188, 12.7.2019, pp. 79–93


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