In April 2017, as part of the EU Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission released a legislative package on work-life balance which proposes measures to support working parents and carers with dependent relatives. This package includes a 5-day care leave, the right to request flexible working arrangements and a protection from dismissal when they apply for or exercised the rights referred to in the directive.
Learn more about this legislation proposal and its impact in our new factsheet:
As explained in our press release launched to mark the EU Day of Solidarity between Generations, AGE highly welcomes this initiative as a strong proposal to acknowledge and support informal carers in their commitment to solidarity between generations.
The proposal to allow workers the right to five-day paid care leave will enable workers to face emergency situations when a close relative suddenly needs their support and long-term care needs to be organised for them. But five days will only be enough if there are enough available long-term care facilities to respond to all emerging care needs. This is why the proposal to make European funds available to set up long-term care services is essential to help member states cope with Europe’s demographic ageing. Investment to quality long-term care is needed to support work-life balance and gender equality.