1. The committee welcomes the report prepared by Mr
Andrea Rigoni on behalf of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination,
considering that it is the appropriate time to address this issue,
which is currently becoming a challenge for an increasing number
of European countries. The draft resolution is very much to the
point, clearly putting the emphasis on measures to increase the
proportion of men taking parental leave in order to take care of
their newborn or very young children.
2. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
believes that certain social and economic realities necessitate
an additional focus on proposing realistic steps towards more gender
equality, not only in the use of parental leave schemes but also
in the labour market in general, and in the sharing of care responsibilities
when parental leave has ended.
3. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
would therefore like to suggest a few amendments to the draft resolution
as set out below, notably to increase its impact in member States.