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Where are you based?([ID4])
Name of the country([ID34])
Are you replying on behalf of an organisation?([ID35])
What is the name of the organisation?([ID38])
What type of organisation is this?([ID39])
Please specify([ID51])
What is your organisations's Transparency Register number?([ID96])
Contributions received from this survey will be published on the European Commission's website (for further information, please consult the privacy statement). Do you agree to your contribution being published?([ID92])
Do you agree with the description of the challenges?([ID7])
Are there any other challenges that should be taken into account?([ID20])
Challenge 1([ID8])
Challenge 2([ID10])
Do you agree that the above list of policy areas is accurate and complete?([ID13])
Is there another policy area that is missing?([ID9])
Please specify([ID19])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the possibilities and/or incentives for parents and other people with dependent family members to take-up caring responsibilities and work-life balance measures (such as leave and/or flexible working arrangements) ([ID41])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the possibilities and/or incentives for men, in particular, to take-up caring responsibilities and work-life balance measures (such as leave and/or flexible working arrangements) ([ID42])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Better facilitating parents’ transitions back to work after taking maternity/parental leave (e.g., adapting workplaces to better allow for breastfeeding, informing them of employment promotion and training opportunities while they are on leave) ([ID43])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the availability of childcare (e.g., number of places) ([ID48])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the affordability of childcare ([ID49])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the quality of childcare ([ID50])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the availability of formal long-term care services, including home/community-based services ([ID52])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the affordability of formal long-term care services ([ID53])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the quality of formal long-term care services ([ID54])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving the availability of disability-related home support ([ID55])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Improving support measures for people with ill/disabled/frail relatives (e.g., financial support, support services) ([ID56])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Removing tax-benefit disincentives for parents/people with caring responsibilities to enter the labour market (e.g., tax disincentives for the lower earning partner to work, benefit traps) ([ID57])
Below is a list of possible policy measures. In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country? : Other policy measure(s) ([ID94])
Please specify([ID93])
In your view, is there a need for further EU-level action on measures to address work-life balance challenges?([ID15])
In your view, is there a need to improve the EU-level legislative framework in order to address the challenges of work-life balance, for example in relation to maternity leave, parental leave, flexible working arrangements, carers' leave and/or paternity leave?([ID16])
Please explain what type of improvements could be considered as regards the current EU legislative framework.([ID17])
In your view, is there a need for further EU-level policy guidance on measures to address work-life balance challenges?([ID23])
In your view, is there a need for strengthened monitoring at EU-level on measures to address work-life balance challenges?([ID24])
In your view, could the EU support further exchanges of good practice among Member States and stakeholders in this area?([ID25])
Do you think the EU could develop meaningful benchmarks * in the area of work-life balance policies that could be monitored, for example, through the European Semester process? * A benchmark can be defined as “a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed” (Pearsall, 1999: 125).([ID26])
Please indicate which policy areas these benchmarks could cover (choose all that apply)([ID28])
Please specify([ID59])
Currently, the EU financially supports Member States in their implementation of work-life balance policies through its funds, notably the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund. Do you find the current funds and their regulations effective in supporting work-life balance?([ID21])
Please explain([ID18])
Do you think that the EU could provide clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds could be used to financially support work-life balance?([ID22])
In your view, is there a need for further awareness raising activities on work-life balance policies?([ID27])
Who should be in the main target group for any awareness-raising activities? Please select 3 from the list below.([ID63])
Please specify([ID62])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 1. Improved EU-level legislation ([ID47])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 2. Strengthened EU-level policy guidance ([ID58])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 3. Enhanced monitoring of work-life balance issues at EU-level and public reporting of the findings ([ID60])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 4. More exchanges of good practice amongst Member States and stakeholders ([ID61])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 5. EU-level benchmarks ([ID64])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 6. Strengthened EU-level financial support ([ID65])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 7. Clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds can be used ([ID66])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 8. Further awareness-raising activities ([ID67])
In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges? : 9. Other measures ([ID68])
Please specify([ID69])
Do you think the effectiveness of the above individual measures could be increased by combining them with others?([ID29])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 1. Improved EU-level legislation([ID106]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 2. Strengthened EU-level policy guidance([ID107]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 3. Enhanced monitoring of work-life balance issues at EU-level([ID108]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 4. More exchanges of good practice among Member States and stakeholders([ID110]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 5. EU-level benchmarks([ID111]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 6. Strengthened EU-level financial support([ID112]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 7. Clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds can be used([ID113]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 8. Further awareness raising activities([ID114]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below (for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6). 9. Other measure (if specified above)([ID115]) : The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)([ID104])
If you have any additional comments and/or suggestions, feel free to use the open answer box below.([ID109])
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Where are you based?

Name of the country

Are you replying on behalf of an organisation?

What is the name of the organisation?

What type of organisation is this?

Please specify

What is your organisations's Transparency Register number?

Contributions received from this survey will be published on the European Commission's website (for further information, please consult the privacy statement).
Do you agree to your contribution being published?

Do you agree with the description of the challenges?

Are there any other challenges that should be taken into account?

Challenge 1

Challenge 2

Do you agree that the above list of policy areas is accurate and complete?

Is there another policy area that is missing?

Please specify

Below is a list of possible policy measures.
In your view, which would be the most important measures to improve work-life balance and female labour market participation in your country?

Improving the possibilities and/or incentives for parents and other people with dependent family members to take-up caring responsibilities and work-life balance measures (such as leave and/or flexible working arrangements)
Improving the possibilities and/or incentives for men, in particular, to take-up caring responsibilities and work-life balance measures (such as leave and/or flexible working arrangements)
Better facilitating parents’ transitions back to work after taking maternity/parental leave (e.g., adapting workplaces to better allow for breastfeeding, informing them of employment promotion and training opportunities while they are on leave)
Improving the availability of childcare (e.g., number of places)
Improving the affordability of childcare
Improving the quality of childcare
Improving the availability of formal long-term care services, including home/community-based services
Improving the affordability of formal long-term care services
Improving the quality of formal long-term care services
Improving the availability of disability-related home support
Improving support measures for people with ill/disabled/frail relatives (e.g., financial support, support services)
Removing tax-benefit disincentives for parents/people with caring responsibilities to enter the labour market (e.g., tax disincentives for the lower earning partner to work, benefit traps)
Other policy measure(s)

Please specify

In your view, is there a need for further EU-level action on measures to address work-life balance challenges?

In your view, is there a need to improve the EU-level legislative framework in order to address the challenges of work-life balance, for example in relation to maternity leave, parental leave, flexible working arrangements, carers' leave and/or paternity leave?

Please explain what type of improvements could be considered as regards the current EU legislative framework.

In your view, is there a need for further EU-level policy guidance on measures to address work-life balance challenges?

In your view, is there a need for strengthened monitoring at EU-level on measures to address work-life balance challenges?

In your view, could the EU support further exchanges of good practice among Member States and stakeholders in this area?

Do you think the EU could develop meaningful benchmarks * in the area of work-life balance policies that could be monitored, for example, through the European Semester process?

* A benchmark can be defined as “a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed” (Pearsall, 1999: 125).

Please indicate which policy areas these benchmarks could cover (choose all that apply)

Please specify

Currently, the EU financially supports Member States in their implementation of work-life balance policies through its funds, notably the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund.
Do you find the current funds and their regulations effective in supporting work-life balance?

Please explain

Do you think that the EU could provide clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds could be used to financially support work-life balance?

In your view, is there a need for further awareness raising activities on work-life balance policies?

Who should be in the main target group for any awareness-raising activities? Please select 3 from the list below.

Please specify

In your view, how effective would the possible new EU-level measures mentioned below be in addressing work-life balance challenges?

1. Improved EU-level legislation
2. Strengthened EU-level policy guidance
3. Enhanced monitoring of work-life balance issues at EU-level and public reporting of the findings
4. More exchanges of good practice amongst Member States and stakeholders
5. EU-level benchmarks
6. Strengthened EU-level financial support
7. Clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds can be used
8. Further awareness-raising activities
9. Other measures

Please specify

Do you think the effectiveness of the above individual measures could be increased by combining them with others?

Please specify which measures could be combined by using the numbers in the table below
(for example, if you think measure 6 should be combined with measure 3 and 5, type in "3,5" next to measure 6).

The number(s) of the measure(s) to which you would combine this measure (max 6)
1. Improved EU-level legislation
2. Strengthened EU-level policy guidance
3. Enhanced monitoring of work-life balance issues at EU-level
4. More exchanges of good practice among Member States and stakeholders
5. EU-level benchmarks
6. Strengthened EU-level financial support
7. Clearer guidance to national/regional/local authorities on how existing EU funds can be used
8. Further awareness raising activities
9. Other measure (if specified above)

If you have any additional comments and/or suggestions, feel free to use the open answer box below.

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