Meeting on 5 December in Brussels, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council sought to reach political agreement on the draft Directive on the organisation of working time.
The Presidency presented a compromise proposal, by suggesting to work on a simultaneous and integrated solution on two draft directives in connection to each other, and thus allowing member states to find a balance between the two.
The connection between the two directives, and more specifically the proposals presented by the Presidency, was considered a solid and viable basis for negotiation towards an agreement in both.
The Council agreed that the best option at this moment was to postpone a decision, in order to further pursue the dialogue.
The Presidency noted that a vast majority of member states had spoken in favour of an integrated solution for the directives, which is a major step forward, because they now open an adequate way to reach a solution in these files.