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Parliamentary questions
15 June 2017
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the Commission

On the 26 April 2017, the Commission adopted an initiative on work-life balance, as a key deliverable of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The proposal for a directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, under this initiative, introduces an entitlement to five days of paid carers' leave, for workers providing personal care or support in case of serious illness or dependency of a relative, meaning the worker's son, daughter, mother, father, spouse or partner in civil partnership. This entitlement, therefore, can encompass working family members other than parents.

The proposal for the directive will now be subject to negotiations in the European Parliament and the Council. If as a result of such a negotiation the proposal for a directive is adopted, it shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member States will be obliged to transpose the directive into national law within two years of its entry into force.

Last updated: 16 June 2017Legal notice