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The art of abstention

From EUPravda:

"Members of the EP Women's Rights Committee are proposing that maternity leave be extended to 20 weeks. They also say a new EU directive on these matters should require 100% of salary to be paid for six weeks after birth, at least 85% of salary for the rest of the leave period and the introduction of paternity leave. The text adopted by the committee at first reading on Thursday will be put to a vote by the full Parliament in May".

My first thought was that those conditions were rather more generous than they are in these parts - then again, I have not been responsible for any pregnancies recently - but it turns out that they are not, and thus yet another good story of EU shenanigans has been ruined by a bit of fact checking.

However, note this: "Procedure: Co-decision, first reading -- Committee vote: 18 for, 6 against, 5 abstentions".

One in six of the Women's Rights Committee cannot make their minds up about one of the most salient of women's issues? Alas the open democracy that is the EU never gives details of voting, so there is no scope for pointing the finger.

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