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Committee MEPs back paternity leave




Employment Committee MEPs on Wednesday approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.
The draft rules set minimum requirements for member states, in a bid to boost women's representation in the workplace and strengthen the role of a father or an equivalent second parent in the family. This would benefit children and a family life, whilst reflecting societal changes more accurately and promoting gender equality.
The European Commission proposal introducing the right to paid paternity leave of at least 10 working days for fathers around the time of birth or stillbirth. However, they extended the scope to cover equivalent second parents, as defined in national law and in the event of adoption of a child.
They also added provisions for four months of non-transferable parental leave to be taken before a child is 10 years old. This leave should be an individual right, creating the right conditions for a more balanced distribution of responsibilities.
Finally, paid carer's leave for workers providing personal care to a person in a serious medical condition or age-related impairment was adopted.
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