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Work-life balance

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Reconciliation of professional, private and family life is an important issue for FEMM and in 2015 it re-launched attention to an holistic approach in reconciling work-life balance and to prompt the EU to step up its work in this field. There is a need to modernise the existing EU legislation, as well as to strengthen the coordination between Member States in order to ensure a level playing field regarding the costs and benefits of reconciliation policies.

The main current challenges include lack of accessible, available and affordable quality care services as well as the lack of paid leave arrangements for fathers or the insufficient incentives for fathers to use them as compared to mothers.