In the framework of the #IWantWorkLifeBalance campaign, ahead of the 13th June meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), Mental Health Europe has joined COFACE-Families Europe and 11 other European civil society networks to co-sign a joint letter calling on the national governments to move towards swift transposition of the EU Work-Life Balance Directive after the meeting of the EPSCO Council. Read the full text of the letter below.
As the first legislative proposal to follow the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017, the Work-Life Balance Directive is an important stepping stone in the consolidation of existing rights and the establishment of new ones for millions of citizens, and as such, it must now be followed up with enforcement and monitoring.
We, a coalition of European networks of NGOs, urge the national governments to move towards swift transposition after the 13th June meeting of the EPSCO Council.
The transposition phase of this Directive will be of paramount importance, as it is a chance to discuss and to review national work-life balance policies to ensure they fulfill the needs of families in the 21st century, based on values of gender equality, social inclusion and non-discrimination, and boost investment and development of services.
We would like to highlight our key priorities for the future, to deliver a strong message and demonstrate to citizens that the EU works with and for them:
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