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16th March 2020
Venue: COFACE Office (Rue de Londres, 17 1050 Brussels)




9.00-11.00      Transposition of the EU Work-Life Balance Directive

  • Presentation by European Commission representative(s)
  • Exchange on national developments in France, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands, Greece.

Supporting documents:

Assessment of the WLB Directive

11.00-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-13.00    Work-Life Balance part 2: the EU and international realities

  • Update by Pascual Martinez, COFACE Policy and Advocacy Officer on key European trends in European Commission, European Parliament and more (ECEC, gender equality, employment, presentation of recent research and data, and projects on Work-Life Balance)

Supporting documents:

Update of the EU Developments on WLB (Presentation of the Secretariat)

Work-Life Balance Part 2: An ambitious new EU deal for childcare

Gender Equality Index Report 2019 (EIGE)


  • Presentation by European Commission representative of the EU-Japan Partnership on Work-Life Balance issues
  • Q&A and decision on key actions for COFACE in 2020

13.00-14.00    Lunch break (sandwich lunch)

14.00-15.30    National updates from COFACE members on different issues

  • Updates on national developments on family policy, ECEC, working carers and more. There will be no presentations here. Rather, participants are asked here to highlight current trends, challenges and potential areas where COFACE could provide support. This will help understand where COFACE needs to work collectively.
  • Proposal to map family support programmes on work-life balance within the COFACE network.

15.30-16.00     Tea break

16.00-18.00    Round Table on family-friendly workplaces (public event)

16.10-17.00                What is a family-friendly workplace?
The perspective of families: Pro-parents Netherlands and Gezinsbond Belgium kick-start the discussion.

Examples of family-friendly workplaces: Hungary and UK 

17.00-18.00                What are the opportunities and challenges for businesses?
Discussion and exchange on different realities, between COFACE & Business Europe, CEEP, EPSU, ETUC, and SME United.

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