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The Record: Europe

6 March edition
Laura Shields
Producer

EU develops maternity legisltion

The EU is trying to make its policies more family friendly.

With International Women's Day taking place in March, we'll investigate what the EU is doing to embrace the role of women in its legislation.

MEPs debate maternity laws

But are the latest proposals on extending maternity leave going too far?

Shrin Wheeler is joined by three MEPs:

Mary Honeyball, British Labour

Marina Yannaloudakis, British Conservative

Carl Schlyter, Swedish Green.

An EU foreign office

EU Ambassadors, foreign ministers and MEPs have all been debating the future shape of a diplomatic service for the EU.

However the talks have run into trouble because national governments, as well as institutions in Brussels are battling each other for more influence over the service.

Developing an EU foreign service

So can the EU ever have it's own version of the "Foreign Office".

The Record Europe speaks to two foreign affairs spokespeople:

• British MEP Charles Tannock for the European Conservatives and Reformists

• Belgian MEP Annemie Neyts for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.

It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300, Sundays at 1700 and Mondays at 1000, on BBC World on Sundays at 0630 and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 and Mondays at 0330.



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