Chronology of Actions


12 July: Directive in official journal published

12/13 June: Urging for transposition & EPSCO Council Adoption of the Directive

4 April: Adoption on the directive by European Parliament

15 March: Assessment of the Work-life balance directive

11 March: Open Letter to the EPSCO Council: Congratulations, nearly there!

24 January: Provisional Agreement



7 December: COFACE and friends support ETUC petition which collects more than 50.000 signatures in several days

4 December: Stop blocking

5 November: Open letter of the alliance of European NGOs on work-life balance “Listen up: Here is what voters want from the EU Work-life balance directive”

29 October-16 November: Video wave for #IWantWorkLifeBalance on parental leave, carer’s leave & flexible working arrangements.

11 July: European Parliament adopts its position on the Directive

21 June: Council of the EU adopts its position on the Directive & we published our reaction.

18 June: Open letter to EPSCO Council from 3471 NGOs and 89 trade unions

7 June: #EPSCOiscoming Call to Action to social networks

May 2018: The #IwantWorkLifeBalance playlist is out!
9 to 5, Under pressure, Work from Home, Take Care, Losing my Balance, Family Affair, The Final Countdown… These are some of the titles of our brand new #iwantworklifebalance playlist available on Deezer and Spotify. Turn the volume up and enjoy! And if you have more suggestions for the list, please send us your titles. Thank you!

25 April 2018: We celebrated the #WorldPenguinDay

16 April: Open Letter from 50 national and European organisations to President Macron

1 April: March of the Penguins in run-up to #WorldPenguinDay

1 – 8 March 2018: “The March of the Penguins” for gender equality

COFACE Families Europe is launching a communication action around the International Women’s Day from March 1st to the 8th. This action, called “The March of the Penguins” aims at highlighting the difficulties faced by women today in relation to their work-life balance. Every day, from March the 1st to the 8th, we will release one message and, on the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, we will issue a media release. Follow the March of the Penguins from the 1st of March here!





October 2017: Launch of the #iwantworklifebalance campaign, to end once the directive is ADOPTED.

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