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The Maternity Leave Directive Must Be Kept Alive (ready to air)

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338255

Shoot Date

15 Jul 2014

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

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S&D group

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Strasbourg, 15th of July. S&D Euro MPs today urged the EU governments to keep working on the maternity leave directive and to reach an agreement as soon as possible, during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The European Commission has recently decided to withdraw the text after four years of stalling discussions among member states.
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Shotlist SPAIN, FRANCE (27 SEPTEMBER 2012) (EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AUDIOVISUAL – ACCESS ALL) FRANCE, STRASBOURG (JULY 15, 2014) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (EXTERIOR) 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (INTERIOR) 3. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): S&D Euro MPs today urged the EU governments to keep working on the maternity leave directive and to reach an agreement as soon as possible, The European Commission has recently decided to withdraw the text after four years of stalling discussions among member states. Four years ago, under the leadership of S&D Euro MP Edite Estrela, the European Parliament has adopted in October 2010 an ambitious first-reading agreement. According to this agreement, every woman in Europe should be at least granted 20 weeks of full paid maternity leave. It also proposed to introduce a two week paternity leave. 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF A MOTHER TAKING CARE OF HER BABY 2. CUTAWAY: MARIA ARENA READING A DOCUMENT 3. MARIA ARENA (S&D MEP, BE) SAYING (FRENCH): “We don’t want this directive to be withdrawn by the Commission because that would deliver a negative message. An important work has been achieved by the Parliament regarding female workers’ protection. These workers are pregnant, breast-feeding or giving birth. This work hasn’t been heard at the Council level, which means that there is a real blocking from the Council that sounds like a denial of democracy.” 4. CUTAWAY: MARIA TALKING WITH HER ASSISTANT 5. MARIA ARENA (S&D MEP, BE) SAYING (FRENCH): “If the Italian presidency considers that it is a subject that is important for its presidency, it will put it on the agenda and will therefore force the Commission to see what compromises can be found. 4. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “The position of the new European Parliament’s negotiator, Alessandra Moretti, is very clear”. 6. CUTAWAY: ALESSANDRA MORETTI READING A DOCUMENT 7. ALESSANDRA MORETTI (S&D MEP, IT) SAYING (ITALIAN): “I am sure that the Italian Presidency will put at the centre of its policy this important dossier. Particularly because the Italian Government has made of the female presence within it, the model of its pedagogical, educational and cultural action.” 8. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF A MOTHER TAKING CARE OF HER BABY 9. ALESSANDRA MORETTI (S&D MEP, IT) SAYING (ITALIAN): “Therefore, we will be ready to find some points of compromise with all the groups and member states in order to get, however, everywhere in the EU a legislation up-to-date and capable of ensuring women's' rights.” 10. CUTAWAY: ALESSANDRA MORETTI TALKING TO A JOURNALIST 11. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “A strong position that reflects the will of the European Parliament to invest in women and give them a chance to reconcile work with their private life”. <b>Story</b> S&D Euro MPs today urged the EU governments to keep working on the maternity leave directive and to reach an agreement as soon as possible, during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The European Commission has recently decided to withdraw the text after four years of stalling discussions among member states. S&D Group spokeswoman on Women's rights Maria Arena (Belgium) said: It is shameful that the EU council was unable to reach a decision in the last four years. We need urgently to update the EU law from 1992 to take into account the evolution of our societies. "It is crucial to protect the safety and health of pregnant women against any lay off or any form of discrimination. The fight for a better balance between work and private life has always been a priority for the Socialists and democrats." S&D Euro MP and new European Parliament's negotiator Alessandra Moretti (Italy) added: At the beginning of the new legislature, we have the chance to build a new Europe that gives hope to its citizens. How could we possibly speak about hope when a woman has to choose between giving birth to a new life or saving money to survive? "Europe must invest in women and give them the chance to reconcile work with their private life. Europe will be stronger and richer with the participation of women on the labour market. "We have five years ahead of us to wake up Europe and put it on the tracks of progress and growth. We will start right now under the Italian presidency" Under the leadership of S&D Euro MP Edite Estrela, the European Parliament has adopted in October 2010 an ambitious first-reading agreement. According to this agreement, every woman in Europe should be at least granted 20 weeks of full paid maternity leave. It also proposed to introduce a two week paternity leave.
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