Skip to comments.Relief for Business as European Commission Gives up on Maternity Leave Directive
Posted on 07/07/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT by PoloSec
The European Commission is going to withdraw its draft directive on maternity leave, a proposal which has been stalled in the EU Council of Ministers for close to four years.
The commission's directive, which would force employers across the EU to allow 20 weeks fully-paid maternity leave, was agreed by the European Parliament in 2010, but cannot become EU law without the agreement of the council, which represents the governments of member states.
Because council has refused to move on the issue, the commission is withdrawing the draft directive under its Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme, a programme devised to give the impression the EU is cutting red tape.
According to Euractiv, in a communication dated June 18, the commission wrote, "The Commission considers it good legislative management to withdraw proposals that do not advance in the legislative process [ ]. These include proposals on [ ] pregnant workers [ ]."
The European Women's Lobby, an NGO umbrella organisation of women.s groups in the EU which, by the most recent available accounts, received 910,588 (£723,000) in 2011 from the European Commission, said: "This is a classic example of the backlash against womens rights and gender equality in Europe. It sends a very bad signal to women and men in Europe about how much the EU can do to support real peoples rights and lives."
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5 months weeks full pay?????
Heck for that, guys will get pregnant (and teh gays and men would have filed discrimination suits immediately).