EU ministers reject ‘unaffordable’ maternity laws

The European parliament has turned town proposals to extend maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks.

The proposals to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive would have allowed new mothers to take 20 weeks maternity leave on full pay. However, ministers said they went “too far” and that the terms were “not a basis for negotiation”, commented Belgian employment minister Joelle Milquet, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

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