Reconciliation between Work and Family Life

Work-life balance

Improved maternity leave would enable women to better combine family life with professional life and also lead to greater equality between women and men on the labour market.

In 2008 the European Commission proposed measures to improve existing legislation supporting reconciliation between work and family life with a proposal for new EU maternity leave legislation. The European Parliament strengthened this proposal by demanding maternity leave at 20 weeks full pay and fully paid two weeks of paternity leave. Since 2010 these proposals have been blocked by member states in the Council.
Since 2008 we have been working on this issue and have been calling for 24 weeks fully paid maternity leave with protection against dismissal which is in-line with the Proposal from the European Parliament. This is currently supported by the campaign ‘Two years overdue’ by our member the European Women’s Lobby.

Family reconciliation measures are also an integral component of our recommendations on care.