Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 28/06/2017
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 15/09/2017

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The Committee on Labour, Family, Social Policy and Disability discussed the proposal at its 56th extraordinary meeting of 6 September 2017.

The Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia discussed the proposal at it’s 139th meeting of 15 September 2017 and adopted the following Position:

The Republic of Slovenia supports the efforts, orientations and objectives pursued by the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on work-life balance for parents and carers, such as increasing women's representation in employment, facilitating work-life balance, encouraging men to take up parental leave, and promoting flexible working arrangements. In accordance therewith, Slovenia supports, in principle, the general objective and the specific objectives of the Directive. However, it believes that individual provisions do not offer the Member States sufficient flexibility to regulate this area considering the specific arrangements in individual countries. The Member States should have the possibility to assess themselves in what manner and by which measures to achieve the orientations and the objectives of the Directive. Slovenia’s current legislation – which enables a high employment rate among women with children – already provides for paternity leave of 30 days, which is fully non-transferable. Each parent has the right to parental leave of 130 days, whereby one month is intended for the mother and is non-transferable. Paternity and parental leave may be taken up by the parents by the end of the first year of school of the child. In Slovenia, the parents already have the possibility of flexible uptake of leave with 100% salary compensation (currently 90% due to austerity measures). Please note that – considering hitherto measures and the legislation in force – employment rates among women aged 20-49 years in Slovenia are as follows: with one child 79.2% (EU: 71.3%), with two children 83.5% (EU: 70.3%), with three or more children 80.4% (EU: 54.7%), which is well above the EU average. Thus, Slovenia has reservations concerning those provisions of the proposed Directive which introduce a four-month non-transferability of parental leave for any of the parents and carer’s leave. Such provisions in fact entail an excessive financial burden in terms of balance of our state budget, which we are obliged to ensure in accordance with the constitutionally provided fiscal rule.

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