(Brussels, 25 October)
The 3 year overdue Maternity Leave Directive is to be adopted through the co-decision procedure which requires two parties to negotiate and agree: namely the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. European Parliament adopted its position on the directive 3 years ago and the Council is stalling the procedure. The EWL is deeply concerned that three years have now passed and no progress has been made on the matter, and calls for additional action by establishing a ‘reconciliation of professional and private life fund’.
In an open letter to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the European Women’s Lobby urges to put the Maternity Leave Directive on the agenda and to provide a formal response to enable the adoption of the revised Directive before the end of the mandate of the current European Parliament.