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Working Time Directive

The Commission presents the provisions of the Working Time Directive and the case-law of the Court that has interpreted them. Recent case law (for example on the carry-over of untaken paid annual leave) makes it appropriate to bring clarity on content and application.

Moreover, a minority of workers seems to consistently work over the 48-hour average weekly limit, sometimes for very excessive hours. Such behaviour not only disrupts the balance between work and family life but poses risks both for the workers themselves and for others (colleagues, service users).

The Commission has adopted a clarification of the Working Time Directive providing guidance on how to interpret various aspects of this directive, which will help Member States implement the acquis correctly and avoid further infringements.

The Commission also presents the Implementation report, in which it reviews the implementation of the Working Time Directive by Member States.