i. to take the necessary steps to introduce the principle of paid parental leave into their legislation which recognises different types of family structures, if they have not already done so, including adoption leave;

ii. to set up suitable structures for the implementation of parental leave, including adoption leave;

iii. to enact laws encouraging parental responsibility, by means in particular of part-time work and flexible working time;

iv. to take the necessary steps to assist parents to return to employment after a period of parental leave;

v. to launch campaigns to raise awareness among unions, social partners and especially employers about the need for systems of help with childcare;

vi. to investigate possibilities of home-based jobs;

vii. to consider as a basic necessity the creation of childcare centres.

II.        Explanatory memorandum by Ms Zwerver