The European Commission and Maternity: new legislation or new objectives?

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Members of the Greens/EFA group shows banners "SOS Maternity Leave" during the European Parliament plenary voting session, calling on the Commission to keep the draft Directive on maternity leave, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 20 May 2015.

As the European Commission drops a Directive on Maternity Leave, the discussion turns to business and productivity


On Monday, the European Commission published a roadmap setting out policy options to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families. This initiative focuses on parenthood rather than gender equality, aiming to facilitate a balance between home and professional responsibilities.

The failure

It all about moms not making the work-home balance, but the Commission can’t say that. Since 2008, the Commission was advocating for a Maternity Leave Directive, which will now...


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