Reconciliation of work and family life

Balancing work and family life is a major challenge for European societies. Mothers are not the only ones concerned, but it is mainly them who share their time between paid work, childcare and the care of elderly relatives. This leads to discrimination in hiring, during their professional career with gender pay gaps (16% on average) and negative consequences on retirement (39% gap on average).

The Mother’s Survey (2011) done by Make Mothers Matter shows that they ask for:

•   Time for their family

•   Choice on childcare

•   Better recognition by society of the importance of care work and motherhood

This is why MMM promotes the adoption of measures that have a direct impact on their daily lives and that seek to improve the balance between work and family life, with a “life cycle approach.  Currently, we are working on the proposal for a Directive aimed at “reconciling work and private life for parents and carers” within the framework of the European Pillar of Social rights.

MMM supports:


•   Promoting flexibility at work: the right to request flexible working conditions, “right to request flexible working” (teleworking, reducing working time, flexible schedules etc), allowing parents and carers to have more time with their families

•   Adequately paid maternity leave extended to 16 weeks et EU level

•   Paternity leave of 10 days paid at least 80% of the last salary

•   Paid Parental leave of 4 months per parent (at least at 80% of the last salary) including 2 transferable months

•   Carer’s leave of 5 days per year paid at the level of sick leave


•   Affordable and quality childcare and care services that allow families to choose

•   The free choice of parents and caregivers to be able to devote a time of their life to their family responsibilities


•   The time dedicated to caring for loved ones become “care credits”, so this time is accounted for in calculating retirement pensions to increase its amount

•   Validation of skills acquired when performing family work to facilitate the return to the paid labor market as proposed in the Famcompass EU funded project

•   Time use surveys to measure time spent on unpaid family work and its contribution to the paid economy as a percentage of the GDP

•   The promotion of a “Family Friendly” label for companies and other organisations (EFR Certificate of our member Mas Familia Foundation)

News from the European Delegation on the Reconciliation of work and family life

Work-Life-Balance: Eu Parliament voted the Directive on Work Life Balance


Brussels - The EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family cares gained a very large majority, in the European Parliament this Thursday 4th of April 2019(490 votes in favor, 82 against, 48 abstenti

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Joint Open Letter to the EU Employment Council:  Congratulations, nearly there!


MMM has joined other eight European civil society networks and organisations to issue a statement ahead of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 15 March 2019 concerning the u

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Statement on the Work-life balance Directive proposal negotiations: A swift agreement is needed more than ever


Today, a trialogue meeting among the Council of the EU, Parliament, and Commission to reach a common text on the EU Work-Life Balance Directive proposal is taking place.

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Civil society joint statement: What voters want from the EU Work-life balance directive


In half a year, European citizens will be called to vote for a new European Parliament and give an indication on whether they are satisfied with the current leadership or wish to change it. Leaders and parties

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Advocating for family needs in the Work-life balance EU directive proposal


Since the European Commission published a proposal of EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family carers in April 2017, MMM has been actively following the legislative process and engaging with pol

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MMM speaker at an event in the European Parliament on work-life balance


The Secretary General of the EU Delegation of MMM has been speaking at an Round Table called “A business commitment for a better Work-Life Balance” on 22 March 2018 hosted by Maria Arena MEP and Agnes Jonge

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