European Commission adopts Roadmap for improving work-life balance in working families

The European Commission has today published a Roadmap setting out policy options to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families. This represents a new start after the Commission confirmed last month it would withdraw the 2008 draft Maternity Leave Directive, given the lack of progress by the co-legislators and despite the Commission’s continuous and intensive efforts to facilitate an agreement.
The new initiative aims to allow parents with children or workers with dependent relatives to better balance caring and professional responsibilities, by modernising the current EU legal and policy framework and adapting it to today’s labour market. This would also help improve labour market participation of both parents.
The Roadmap outlines the Commission’s ideas for a fresh approach, setting out a range of policy options to achieve these objectives.
 For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602

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