The minimum maternity leave in European Union countries would be raised by six weeks to a total of 20 in a proposal by EU lawmakers Wednesday designed to boost flagging birth rates.
The move, which extends a proposal by the EU executive to raise the mandatory time off for new mothers to 18 weeks with full pay, could meet strong resistance from some EU governments and businesses.
Some EU governments, notably economic powerhouse Germany, may be reluctant to back the plan in the face of shorter-term budget austerity measures needed to ensure recovery from recession in Europe.
But economists say Europe's aging population is a financial time bomb that could damage economic growth rates in coming decades unless there are more young people to help foot the bill.
EU projections show the number of elderly people will almost double in the next 50 years, straining health care and pension budgets.
Answer by Anouck at 2:29 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
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Answer by meriana at 5:36 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
Not real sure WHY merina would get voted down for that one. It's true. Look when you CHOOSE to have children there are certain sacrifices you have to make. If you choose, or have to, go back to work you have to understand the employers point of view. Because here's what will happen....The employer will lose so much money an efficiency on the deal they will hirer FEWER PEOPLE. Merina makes VERY good points!
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