Leave and flexible work for parents and carers: Council agrees general approach on the draft directive on work-life balance

21.06.2018

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On 21 June 2018, the Council agreed its negotiating position (general approach) on the directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. On the basis of this mandate, the Council Presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament once the latter has adopted its position.

"Men and women throughout Europe should be able to fulfil their full potential, both at work and in their family lives. With this directive, the EU will make it easier for men and women to share the joys and burdens of parenting or caring for relatives while continuing to pursue a career."

Biser Petkov, Minister for Labour and Social Policies of Bulgaria.

The aim of this proposal is to improve access to work-life balance arrangements, such as leave and flexible working arrangements for parents and carers. It should boost the take-up of family-related leave by men, which will help increase female labour market participation.

Read the full press statement here.

Visit the meeting the page on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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