What is left of the ambitious proposal for an EU Work-Life Balance Directive? - COFACE Families Europe analysis of

22 June 2018

Following the adoption of the General Approach on the Work-Life Balance Directive by the the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) Council, our member COFACE Families Europe issued a statement on the adopted General Approach.

While they welcomed the fact that the process can now continue, with a vote on the European Parliament expected in 2018, they also warned against the low standards of the text. Their statement adds:

One could conclude that Member States would agree only on a text where the obligations upon them were so limited to allow them to change as little as possible in their national legislation

Annemie Drieskens, COFACE Families Europe President, stated

This is an important step towards the realisation of the ambitious proposal of European Commissioners Thyssen and Jourova. However, we have to strike a balance between recognising that Ministers agreed to move forward with the legislative process and the text that resulted from this decision. EPSCO Ministers have agreed on a text which has been emptied of many of its key components”

Read their original statement here Read their analysis here

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