Compromise agreement setting out minimum rights for parents and carers

On the 4th of April 2019, the European Parliament approved the text of the compromise agreement for a Directive on Work Life Balance with 490 votes in favour, 82 against and 48 abstentions. This development follows the formal adoption of the compromise trilogue agreement by the Council on February 6th.


This initiative is part of the implementation of the European pillar of social rights adopted in 2017.

The new Directive provides for 10 paid days for parternity leave and 4 months of paid parental leave for each parent, both of which will not be transferable.

Carers will be able to take 5 days to take care of their dependent relatives and the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to working carers and for all parents.