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Thursday, 4 April 2019 - Brussels Provisional edition

Work-life balance for parents and carers (debate) (debate)
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  Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, lately, especially with the start of the campaign, a lot of lies about families have been told in Europe. Lies: that in order to protect families, we have to spread hatred around LGBTI rights; we have to restrict women’s rights, or we have to impose one single limited view of what families can look like on all of us.

The latest: at the World Congress of Families last weekend in Verona it became clear that there is an alliance of right-wing extremists, Christian fundamentalists and conservatives who want to spread these lies in the campaign.

I say the exact opposite is true. In order to protect families we don’t have to follow homophobic and anti-choice rhetoric. We have to stand up for these families. We have to give them space in society. We have to embrace all forms and diversity of families and we have to give families time to care for each other. And this work-life balance directive is an important step in this direction and this is the way that we should go as the European Union.

 
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