European Parliament affirms importance of equal parental leave for same-sex parents

24 mei 2016 | tags: lesbisch ouderschap, mannenstel, NELFA, rechtsgelijkheid

The Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations (NELFA) welcomes the European Parliament’s Report evaluating the implementation of the EU law on parental leave (Directive 2010/18/EU). In the Report, the Parliament emphasised that “adequate, individual, compensated parental leave is crucial for same-sex parenting couples to be able to achieve a work-life balance”. Moreover, the Report also welcomed the fact that “some Member States have transposed the provisions of the directive beyond the minimum scope of application, enabling (…) same-sex parents and parents of adopted children to benefit”.

Maria von Känel, President of the Board of NELFA, said: “NELFA welcomes the Parliament’s report wholeheartedly as it highlights the importance of providing LGBTIQ parents and their children with the same legal protection and rights as any other family in the European Union. NELFA hopes all Member States will pay attention to the Parliament’s message and follow the example of those Member States that have gone beyond the Directive in providing real equality for all families, in particular as regards the right to parental leave for Rainbow Families”.

Read the full Report here: report on the Framework Agreement on parental leave