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MY WORKING RIGHTS. MY LIFE.

Get paid holiday, maternity leave, and other benefits when working in the EU

REST AND RELAXATION

REST AND RELAXATION

We all need a little time off now and then. Whether I want to spend my holiday hiking through the Black Forest, soaking up the sun in Lisbon, or simply curling up with a good book at home, being an employee in the EU entitles me to a minimum of four weeks paid leave. All I need to do is choose how to use it!

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ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

Life can have a bad habit of surprising us. Broken arm? Sudden illness? Lost my job? Whatever the misfortune, being an EU citizen entitles me to social security protection such as sick pay or unemployment benefits. The EU has put safety nets in place to help me through difficult periods.

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ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
WORKING NINE TO FIVE

WORKING NINE TO FIVE

I spend a lot of time at work, so the EU requires my employer to respect my rights in return. They must pay me fairly, provide safe, respectful working conditions, and make me work no more than 48 hours per week. It’s my right to work in a pleasant environment, and in a way that doesn’t cause me to burn out.

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FAMILY MATTERS

Being a parent is a full-time job, but I care about my career too. I want to find the right balance between work and private life. EU laws provide that women and men can take four months of parental leave. And all pregnant women are entitled to at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

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FAMILY MATTERS
ESSENTIAL EQUALITY

ESSENTIAL EQUALITY

Think it’s unfair if a colleague sprints up the career ladder purely as a result of their gender? So does the EU. Equal opportunities for both women and men is something that the EU expects of all businesses. Both women and men also have the right to equal pay for equal work.

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LOOKING OUT FOR ME

From computers to building sites, we encounter many risks in our working lives that could potentially pose a threat on a daily basis. To keep us safe at work, the EU put into place safety requirements. This may be something simple like wearing a hardhat or ensuring that electrical equipment is tested, or it could involve training courses and knowledge sharing. Either way, it means I can do my job without my safety being put in jeopardy.

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LOOKING OUT FOR ME

How it works

Engineer, retail assistant, professor, nurse, or plumber; however I make my living, if I work in the EU then I’m entitled to be treated fairly. My rights – such as having four weeks holiday or social security benefits if I lose my job as an employee – are all set out in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Pillar of Social Rights. The protection that the EU provides helps me to manage whatever surprises come along in my working life.

Did you know

240 million

The number of workers in the European Union.

70

The number of pieces of EU legislation that protect workers’ rights.

30%

The average amount of GDP spent on social protection, like parental leave or sick pay, in the EU.

48

The maximum number of hours an employee in the EU can work each week.

25 days

the average amount of paid holiday across the EU, with 20 being the legal minimum.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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