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The Commission has today, after extensive consultation across Europe, adopted a proposal to update key aspects of the working time directive. It is a balanced package of inter-related measures which retains the principal objective – health & safety of workers – while responding to the needs of the modern European economy.

The individual opt-out from the 48 hour week would remain possible, but be subject to stricter conditions to prevent abuse. Member States would be given the possibility to extend the reference period for calculating the 48-hour maximum working week from 4 months to a year. Time spent on call that is not worked would not be counted as working time, with compensatory rest granted within 72 hours.

Further information is available at the Commission’s Press Room