European Parliament Seeks Establishment of Paternity-Leave Entitlement

By a vote of 381 to 253, the European Parliament adopted its annual resolution on equality between men and women. The resolution includes a request that the European Commission "support any moves to establish paternity-leave entitlement on a Europe-wide basis." The resolution contends that by establishing paternity leave entitlement, better protection will be afforded to women in the labor market. In addition, the resolution notes with "regret" that the Social Partners' Framework Agreement on Parental Leave from July 2009 "fails to address the issue of paid leave as a way of achieving male-female equality."

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