EU employment ministers met today to discuss amendments to the Pregnant Workers Directive, put forward by MEPs in October.   

Commenting, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:


“EU ministers have not firmly committed to reviewing the costs of any new amendments to the directive. When public finances across the EU are tight, encouraging economic growth in the private-sector must be the top priority. We urge ministers to reassess the financial implications for all 27 member states, the wider business costs and, most importantly, the impact it would have on small businesses.   

“The majority of delegates acknowledged that the Parliament’s proposed changes to the Pregnant Workers Directive could place unacceptable costs on national social security systems and employers. Business now needs to see action from EU ministers to curb these burdens. These amendments could see the UK alone facing nearly £3bn in annual costs - UK ministers must continue to fight this case in Brussels.”