The European Parliament voted by a strong majority against the draft of a European Directive concerning the increase of the weekly working hours from 48 to 65 or even 70, as predicted by a decision of the EU Council of Ministers of Employment. At the same time, it approved a report by Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Alejandro Cercas, by which he asked for the abolition of the opt-out of certain EU countries to extend the weekly working time. Following the decision, the issue will be discussed again by the EU Council of Ministers of Employment.
At the same time, at the European Court of Justice, the action of the European Commission against our country demanding the equalization of the age limit for retirement for men and women working in public services is discussed. The final decision will be announced on February and our country will have to adapt to it within three years’ time.