So close, but yet on 24 January 2019 another, the fourth, negotiation meeting needed to be held for the EU Parliament , Council and Commission to come to agreement over a draft directive aimed at strengthening the work-life balance for parents and those caring for dependents. This compromise, which has yet to be formally adopted by the Council and Parliament in plenary to become permanent, introduces the principle of two months’ pay for parental leave, as well as a minimum of 10 days’ paid paternity leave and 5 days’ leave per year (unpaid) for carers. In addition, the project as it emerged from the negotiations improves the possibilities of flexible working time arrangements.
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