Extracts from the press conference by Vladimír Špidla on the revised version of the Framework Agreement on parental leave
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/06/2009
Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, attended the official signing of the revision of the Framework Agreement on parental leave of 1995 with European social partners.
The new Framework Agreement concluded by the social partners increases the duration of parental leave from three to four months per parent and applies to all employees regardless of their type of contract. It is the result of six months' negotiations between the social partners and reflects the changes that have occurred in society and on the labour market since the first Framework Agreement on parental leave was signed in 1995.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the press conference (10 shots)
||Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in FRENCH): women must be able to work to ensure economic independence without being sanctioned to be a mother; fathers must be encouraged to involve and share more often rights, duties and responsibilities of family life, without any negative consequence at work; this proposal will complete the conciliation package adopted in October 2008 and in which the European Commission has proposed to revise the directives on parental leave and on independent workers.
||Signing of the revised agreement on parental leave (5 shots)